Wind power capacity all over the world was increased by 31 per cent. More than 38,343 MW of wind power was added totaling the tally to 158,505 MW in 2009.
The growth is despite, economic downturn that struck the market in the late 2008-2009, the growth is higher in the last eight years. Globally, the wind power contributed 340 trillion kilowatt-hours, which accounts for two per cent of electricity consumption.
Asian markets were the leaders for driving wind power growth with installing 15,422 MW, which is close to half of the installed capacity in 2009.
India, the fifth largest wind energy producer installed 2,459 MW of new capacity last year, whereas, China surpassed the United States to become the world’s largest wind turbine market, installing 13,803 MW in 2009 to reach a total of 25,805 MW. China accounted for more than one third of the world’s wind capacity installations in 2009, more than doubling its cumulative installed capacity for the fourth year in a row.
Both India and China contribute to 29 per cent of the wind power market in the world. They have a strong domestic wind turbine manufacturing industries with large market shares in Asia as 4 of the top 10 wind turbine manufacturers by market share in 2009 were Indian or Chinese companies.