WASHINGTON (June 1, 12:15 p.m. ET) — Global installed wind power capacity continued to grow in 2011, albeit at a slightly lower rate than in 2009 and 2010, with China leading the growth, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute.
The world now has approximately four times the installed wind capacity that it did in 2005, reflecting the combined effects of falling prices, improved technology, global investment, and various incentive programs, Worldwatch said.
China led the way with a 43 percent share of global capacity additions in 2011, followed by the United States at 17 percent, India with almost 7 percent, and Germany at 5 percent.
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