Statistics from Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)revealed that the global wind capacity increased by 93.6 GW in 2021 (+12% comparing the previous year), to 837 GW.
Onshore wind installations slowed down with 72.5 GW added in 2021 (-18%), due to lower installations in China and the United States. China installed 30.7 GW of onshore wind capacity in 2021 (-39% compared to 2020), owing to the termination of the feed-in tariff, while the United States only added 12.7 GW (-25%) due to supply chain issues. However, these lower installations in the two largest markets were partly offset by record-high growth in Europe (+14.1 GW, including 2.1 GW in Sweden, 1.9 GW in Germany, and 1.5 GW in Turkey), Latin America (+5.8 GW, including 3.8 GW in Brazil) and Africa and the Middle East (+1.8 GW, including 668 MW in South Africa).
Offshore wind installations soared in 2021 with 21.1 GW installed (three times more than the 6.9 GW installed in 2020), spurred by China (16.9 GW, accounting for 80% of the global total), the United Kingdom (2.3 GW), Denmark (605 MW), the Netherlands (392 MW) and Asian-Pacific countries (excluding China and South Korea, 888 MW).