Installed wind power capacity worldwide 2001-2020

The cumulative capacity of installed wind power worldwide reached nearly 743 gigawatts in 2020. Onshore wind power capacity was the highest at over 700 gigawatts that year.

Which country has the largest wind market?

The largest wind power market in the world is China, with a capacity of over 237 gigawatts of wind power installed. China’s wind potential is remarkable due to a large land mass as well as a long coastline. At first, China set ambitious goals for adding offshore wind capacity, however, offshore development has progressed slower than expected as many domestic turbine manufacturers lack experience. To reach their offshore goals, China had to use foreign products.

Future of renewables

Emerging markets such as those in Latin America and Southeast Asia are expected to drive the upcoming wind development market. Additional government support and policies will allow for faster market growth in these regions. Global renewable energy generation as a share of total generation continues to grow as renewable technologies become more cost-effective.

Global cumulative installed wind power capacity from 2001 to 2020

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Release date

March 2021



Survey time period

2001 to 2020

Special properties

Onshore und Offshore.

Supplementary notes

Figures are compiled from previous editions of the press release.

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