Which Country Has the Largest Capacity of Wind Power?

Wind Capacity (Cumulative Installed Wind Turbine Capacity) (MW), 2017
Energy & Utility | December 26, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 44 countries in 2017, China ranked the highest in wind capacity in terms of cumulative installed wind turbine capacity with 164,061 MW followed by USA and Germany. On the other end of the scale was Iran with 191 MW, Argentina with 241 MW and Tunisia with 245 MW.

Total wind capacity in terms of cumulative installed wind turbine capacity reached 514,798 MW in 2017 in the World according to World Bank / EIA. This is 9.15 % more than in the previous year and 82.1 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total wind capacity in terms of cumulative installed wind turbine capacity reached an all time high of 514,798 MW in 2017 and an all time low of 4,778 MW in 1995. The average annual growth amounted to 23.7 % since 1995.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 31.9 % of wind capacity in terms of cumulative installed wind turbine capacity in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 59.7 % share while the ten largest countries some 83.7 % in 2017.

Data for more countries are available at Wind Capacity (Cumulative Installed Wind Turbine Capacity) indicator page.

Wind Capacity (Cumulative Installed Wind Turbine Capacity) Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Brazil MW ... 1,426 1,894 2,202 4,888 7,633
Canada MW 5,278 6,214 7,813 9,684 11,214
China MW 46,355 61,597 76,731 96,819 131,598
Denmark MW 3,927 4,137 4,747 4,778 4,966
France MW 6,811 7,583 8,164 9,337 10,324
Germany MW 28,712 30,979 33,477 38,614 44,580
India MW 16,084 18,421 20,150 22,465 25,088
Italy MW 6,936 8,119 8,561 8,703 9,162
Poland MW 1,667 2,547 3,441 3,885 5,149
Portugal MW 4,214 4,363 4,557 4,683 4,770
Spain MW 21,529 22,789 22,958 22,975 22,938
Sweden MW 2,904 3,750 4,474 5,524 6,128
Turkey MW 1,729 2,261 2,760 3,630 4,503
USA MW 47,084 60,208 61,292 66,146 72,573
United Kingdom MW 6,597 9,031 11,282 13,074 14,315