That is the conclusion of a new report from the Global Wind Energy Council, that global wind capacity grew by 28.8% last year. Global wind capacity reached 120.8 GW by the end of last year. Over 27 GW of new wind power generation capacity came online in 2008, 36% more than in 2007.
The report also notes that the United States has officially passed Germany to become the leader in wind power installations. It also notes the impressive growth wind power has seen in this country last year and the new jobs it has created.
The massive growth in the US wind market in 2008 increased the nation’s total wind power generating capacity by 50%. The new wind projects completed in 2008 account for about 42% of the entire new power-producing capacity added in the US last year, and created 35,000 new jobs, for a total of 85,000 employed in the sector in the US.
Source : Global Wind Energy Council