Sustainable energy investment: wind energy technologies 2004-2018

Global investments in wind energy technologies reached roughly 131.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2018. Investment has soared over the past two decades, where global funding was recorded at just under 19 billion U.S. dollars in 2004.

Which countries are investing?

Overall, China and Europe have made the largest new investments in renewable energy, including but not limited to wind. China currently leads with the highest capacity additions of wind power worldwide. In Europe, onshore wind power has been an important industry many countries and have also become a leader in the development of offshore wind technologies. For example, Germany is has long been one of the forerunners in new wind installations in Europe.

Wind power in China

With a vast territory and extensive coastline, China is particularly well-suited to expand wind power, and production has increased drastically over the last decade. However, it has been difficult for the country to make full use of the power it is already generating. As the location of many Chinese wind farms are far from urban centers, this has posed a challenge in efficiently utilizing wind power to produce electricity for the country’s needs.

Global investment in wind energy technologies from 2004 to 2018

Investments in billion U.S. dollars
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Release date

September 2019



Survey time period

2004 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Total values include estimates for undisclosed deals. New investment volume adjusts for re-invested equity.
Figures have been restated in the 2019 edition of the report.

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