World wind energy capacity grew by an astonishing 22.5 per cent in 2010.
Asia led the way in 2010, with China alone adding an incredible 16.5 GW of new capacity, making it the world’s leading wind energy generator.
After years of relatively little development, Latin American and Caribbean wind economies saw capacity growth of 53 per cent in 2010. Similarly, India, relatively quiet in recent years, saw 19.6 per cent capacity growth, putting it third behind China and the U.S. in terms of installed wind generating capacity.
In Canada, installed wind energy capacity grew by 690 MW in 2010, bringing its total installed capacity to 4,009 MW. Canada’s wind energy generating capacity has increased 10 times since 2004.
On both coasts, across the Prairies, in the Great Lakes region, in Québec and in all of the Maritime provinces, vast new onshore and offshore wind development projects are being planned. Replete with some of the world’s best untapped wind resources, progressive wind energy policies and a stable economic outlook, Canada is well-positioned to attract a substantial share of the $1 trillion expected to be invested in wind energy around the world in the next 10 years.