Installed wind energy capacity in China reached 12.2 gigawatts in 2008, trailing only the US, Germany and Spain. Given China’s tremendous potential for additional growth, the total installed wind capacity is expected to increase significantly, advancing at an annual pace of 30 percent through 2013.
Utility-scale electric power generation applications will continue to account for virtually all demand in 2013, reflecting government incentives to encourage utilities to use renewable energy to generate electricity, as well as manufacturer efforts to develop larger and more efficient turbine systems geared toward utility-scale energy production. The national government has established a renewable energy target of 15 percent of total energy generated in 2020, up from 9 percent in 2008. Despite the dominance of the utility-scale segment, China is one of the largest distributed wind turbine markets in the world. Distributed wind turbine systems are usually installed in remote areas (e.g., islands, high mountains and border regions) to generate power away from the electrical grid. Distributed models are also used for street lighting, traffic monitoring, communication and certain industrial applications.
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The Freedonia Group is a leading international business research company, founded in 1985, that publishes more than 125 industry research studies annually. Our industry analysis provides an unbiased outlook and a reliable assessment of an industry.