Wind Capacity (Cumulative Installed Wind Turbine Capacity)

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 82.09999999999999% 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.

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Country Unit 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Argentina MW ... ...                             59.5 137 192 217 217    
Australia MW ... ...                             2,476 2,834 3,489 4,056 4,189    
Austria MW ... ...                             1,082 1,378 1,661 2,072 2,390    
Belgium MW ... ...                             1,147 1,444 1,720 1,960 2,170    
Brazil MW ... ... ...                           1,426 1,894 2,202 4,888 7,633    
Bulgaria MW ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...         582 643 650 660 660    
Canada MW ... ...                             5,278 6,214 7,813 9,684 11,214    
Chile MW ... ... ... ... ... ...                     184 202 301 731 907    
China MW ... ...                             46,355 61,597 76,731 96,819 131,598    
Costa Rica MW ... ...                             133 148 148 197 278    
Denmark MW ... ...                             3,927 4,137 4,747 4,778 4,966    
Egypt MW ... ...                             550 550 550 550 750    
Ethiopia MW ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...   81.0 81.0 171 171 324    
Finland MW ... ...                             178 268 428 611 984    
France MW ... ...                             6,811 7,583 8,164 9,337 10,324    
Germany MW ... ...                             28,712 30,979 33,477 38,614 44,580    
Greece MW ... ...                             1,640 1,753 1,809 1,978 2,136    
Hungary MW ... ... ... ... ... ...                     331 325 329 329 329    
India MW ... ...                             16,084 18,421 20,150 22,465 25,088    
Iran MW ... ...                             98.2 106 108 149 153    
Ireland MW ... ...                             1,688 1,812 2,100 2,322 2,500    
Italy MW ... ...                             6,936 8,119 8,561 8,703 9,162    
Japan MW ... ...                             2,419 2,673 2,722 2,840 3,038    
Mexico MW ... ...                             1,123 1,512 1,988 2,510 3,271    
Morocco MW ... ...                             292 394 532 834 834    
Netherlands MW ... ...                             2,309 2,552 2,714 2,876 3,402    
New Zealand MW ... ...                             623 623 623 683 683    
Norway MW ... ...                             487 683 793 841 822    
Pakistan MW ... ...                             6.00 56.2 106 256 308    
Philippines MW ... ...                             33.0 33.0 33.0 337 427    
Poland MW ... ...                             1,667 2,547 3,441 3,885 5,149    
Portugal MW ... ...                             4,214 4,363 4,557 4,683 4,770    
Romania MW ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...           990 1,913 2,608 2,962 2,985    
South Africa MW ... ...                             10.2 10.2 257 569 1,079    
South Korea MW ... ...                             425 488 560 612 869    
Spain MW ... ...                             21,529 22,789 22,958 22,975 22,938    
Sweden MW ... ...                             2,904 3,750 4,474 5,524 6,128    
Taiwan MW ... ...                             523 571 614 637 647    
Thailand MW ... ...                             7.30 112 223 225 234    
Tunisia MW ... ...                             53.0 173 200 233 240    
Turkey MW ... ...                             1,729 2,261 2,760 3,630 4,503    
United Kingdom MW ... ...                             6,597 9,031 11,282 13,074 14,315    
USA MW ... ...                             47,084 60,208 61,292 66,146 72,573    
Uruguay MW ... ...                             43.6 52.6 59.4 481 857    
World MW                                 222,517 269,853 303,113 351,618 417,144