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Official figures show China leading world in wind power

China consolidates its position as the world's wind power leader in newly and cumulative installed turbine capacities

World leader: A wind farm in China
World leader: A wind farm in China

China is the world's wind power leader in both newly and cumulative installed capacities, according to the latest figures.

Official figures released from the China Wind Energy Association (CWEA), state China had 17.6GW of wind turbines installed in 2011.

China's cumulative wind power installed capacity amount to 62.4GW, which is up 39.4 percent year-on-year. This makes the country the global leader in wind power, in terms of newly and cumulative installed capacities.

According to the Global Wind Energy Council, the US, which previously led the world in installed wind power capacity, had only 6.8GW of wind turbines installed in 2011, making its cumulative total 46.9GW by the end of the year.

Li Junfeng, director of the China Renewable Energy Industries Association, said the Chinese wind power industry has demonstrated excellent performance by the end of the year, according to reports.

Reports state that the top five Chinese provincial regions for newly installed wind turbines were Inner Mongolia, Hebei, Shandong, Ningxia and Liaoning, which added 3.7GW, 2.1GW, 1.9GW, 1.7GW and 1.2GW, respectively.

The newly installed capacity adjusted the ranking of China's top five wind-power-developing regions, in terms of cumulative wind turbine installation, to Inner Mongolia with 17.6GW, Hebei with 6.9GW, Gansu with 5.4GW, Liaoning with 5.2GW and Shandong with 4.6GW.

In 2011, firm Goldwind replaced Sinovel as the largest in newly installed capacity, totalling 3.6GW of wind energy turbines. Goldwind held a 20.4 percent share of the Chinese market.