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Global wind farm installations expected to double, reaching record level

The Guardian:

Windfarm installations are expected to double to record global levels this year, after a short-lived Covid-19 slowdown, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

The group’s annual report found that the world’s offshore windfarm capacity grew by 6.1GW last year, down slightly from a record 6.24GW in 2019, but would rebound to more than 12GW in 2021 powered by an offshore wind boom in China.

China led the world in new installations for the third year in a row with more than 3GW of offshore wind grid connected in 2020, and remains on track to surpass the UK as the world’s biggest offshore wind market by the end of the decade.

The world’s second largest economy connected more than 3GW of offshore wind to its electricity grid last year, almost half the global total, while installations in smaller Asian countries such as Taiwan and Vietnam stalled due to Covid-19 delays.

GWEC has forecast a fresh record year for offshore wind growth in 2021 as China’s wind industry rushes to install 7.5GW before the expiry of government subsidies at the end of this year.

[Jillian Ambrose]

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