The CWEA says that China had 17.6 GW of wind turbines installed in 2011.
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Though this was down 6.9% from the previous year, it took China cumulative wind power installed capacity amount to 62.4GW up by 39.4%YoY by the end of 2011. The country therefore remains the global leader in wind power in terms of newly and cumulative installed capacities.
According to the Global Wind Energy Council, the United States which previously led the world in installed wind power capacity had only 6.8GW of wind turbines installed in 2011, making its cumulative total 46.9GW by the end of the year.
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Mr Li Junfeng director of the China Renewable Energy Industries Association said the Chinese wind power industry met with many challenges in 2011 including slower wind farm construction and many accidents in the sector, but nevertheless managed to overcome all the hardships and demonstrated excellent performance by the end of the year.
The top five
The top five Chinese provincial regions for newly installed wind turbines were Inner Mongolia, Hebei, Shandong, Ningxia and Liaoning which added 3.7GW, 2.1GW, 1.9GW, 1.7GW and 1.2GW respectively.
The newly installed capacity adjusted the ranking of China top five wind-power-developing regions, in terms of cumulative wind turbine installation to Inner Mongolia with 17.6GW, Hebei with 6.9GW, Gansu with 5.4GW, Liaoning with 5.2GW and Shandong with 4.6GW.