China Wind Power Blows Past EU

10 February 2016

Record Chinese installations drive global market past 63 GW

Powered by an astonishing 30,500 MW of new installations in China, the global wind power industry installed 63,013 MW in 2015, representing annual market growth of 22%. The US market reached 8.6 GW on the back of a strong fourth quarter surge, and Germany led a stronger than expected performance in Europe with a record 6 GW of new installations, including 2.3 GW offshore. Total global capacity reached 432,419 MW at the end of 2015, representing cumulative growth of 17%.

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Windaba 2015 – Growing wind industry gathers to “power the winds of change”

In the year that wind power helped to keep South Africa’s lights on at a cost less than zero (see CSIR ref: below), approximately five hundred international and local delegates will gather in Cape Town’s CTICC on 4-5 November to discuss the accomplishments, challenges and future of South Africa’s flourishing wind energy sector. The Minister of Energy the Honourable Tina Joemat-Petterssen is the patron of the event and will be opening it.

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Danish minister confirmed for Windaba as industry rides high on wave of SAIREC success

As the renewables industry rides the waves of SAIREC’s recent success in Cape Town, those focussing specifically on the wind industry have even more reason to attend Windaba given Government’s most recent statement that the future of Africa is in ‘the hands of energy’.

The Danish Minister for Business and Growth, Troels Lund Poulsen has recently confirmed his attendance and he will join Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson in introducing the conference during the opening session.

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Wind energy has saved South Africa R1.8 billion more than it cost in first half of 2015 – and is actually making Eskom money

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has welcomed and endorsed a new report by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on the (ZAR 1.8 billion) less-than-zero costs of renewable energy to the country.  The CSIR has just released its latest calculations on the increasing savings these technologies are achieving. Collectively wind energy and solar power (photovoltaic) saved ZAR 4 billion from January to June this year.  Wind energy produced net savings of ZAR 1.8 billion and was also cash positive for Eskom by ZAR 300 million.

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