China has overtaken US in the wind power generation sector by consolidating its position as the world leader in both newly and cumulative installed capacities in 2011, the China Wind Energy Association (CWEA) said on Friday.
Figures released by the CWEA said China had 17.6 gigawatts (GW) of wind turbines installed in 2011. Though this was down 6.9 per cent from the previous year, it took China's cumulative wind power installed capacity amount to 62.4GW, up 39.4% year-on-year, by the end of 2011.
China therefore, remains the global leader in wind power, in terms of newly and cumulative installed capacities, state run 'Xinhua' news agency reported.
According to the Global Wind Energy Council, America, 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.
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 it managed to overcome all the hardships and demonstrated excellent performance by the end of the year, he said.