GWEC: 'Africa to emerge as wind hotspot'

The frenzy of additions in the US at the end of last year brought the country within a whisker of China for the title of 2012’s biggest installer of wind, new global figures show, with southern Africa showing signs of stirring.

America’s wind sector added a record 13.12GW last year, more than 8GW of it in the final quarter, according to the Global Wind Energy Council’s (GWEC’s) statistics for 2012.

The US surge – prompted by fears that the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) was about to expire – left it neck-and-neck with China, which added 13.2GW.

GWEC says while the US rushed, China “paused for breath” in 2012 after previous years of rapid growth of its own.

The US and China ended 2012 with total installed wind capacities of 60GW and 75.6GW of wind Log in to read complete article.

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