China Leads World in New Wind Power Installations for 2011

India may have led the world in renewable energy growth last year (its solar power installations grew at incredible 700%), but when it comes to new wind power China far and away leads the world. China's wind power push nearly tripled that of the United States, which installed the second-greatest amount.

New figures from the Global Wind Energy Council show that China installed 18 gigawatts of new wind power in 2011, bringing its national total to 62.73 GW, a world-leading 26.4% of all our wind power.

The US installed 6.81 GW of new wind power in 2011, for a total of 46.92 GW and 19.7% of the global market.

India came in third for new installations, with 3.019 GW, but ranks fifth for total capacity (16.084 GW, 6.7% of the world's wind power).

Rounding out the top ten nations for new wind power installations in 2011: Germany (2.1 GW), UK (1.3 GW), Canada (1.3 GW), Spain (1.1 GW), Italy (1 GW), France (0.83 GW), Sweden (0.76 GW). All other nations in the world combined installed 5.2 GW last year.

Though the stats break out wind power installations on a nation-by-nation basis, the European Union as a whole installed 9.62 GW of new wind power in 2011, bringing the total wind power capacity for the region to 93.96 GW. That's slightly over 6% of the EU's total electrical generating capacity.

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