China is expected to
overtake Germany and the United States to become the world's
largest wind power producer by 2020, a report forecast.
The 2006 Annual Report on China's New Energy Industry
says that the 10th Five-Year Plan (2000-2005) period saw a rapid
development of wind power industry, with the installed capacity
rose by 30 percent on an annual average, rising from 350,000 kw in
2000 to 1.26 million kw in 2005, ranking 7th in the
The report quotes a prediction by the Global Wind
Energy Council (GWEC) that the total wind power installed capacity
in China will probably reach 150 million kw in 2020, making China
one of the world's major wind power markets.
As a country with long coastal lines and abundant wind
power resources, China boasts of wind power resources of 3.2
billion kw, of which one billion kw can be developed, according to
China has set up more than
sixty wind power farms around the country, developed key
technologies and trained personnel specialized in designing and
operating wind power farms, making the country well prepared to
large-scale development of the industry, the report
According to China's national development plan, the
total installed capacity of wind power will reach five million kw
by 2010 and 30 million kw by 2020.
During the 11th Five-Year Plan period (2006-2010),
China will set up about 30 large wind power projects of 100 MW at
regions with abundant wind power resources, such as eastern coastal
areas, Hebei Province and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in north
In terms of small wind power projects, China has
already developed the largest market in the world. By the end of
2005, China has installed 320,000 small wind turbine generators
with a total capacity of 65,000 kw, supplying power to residents in
remote areas, according to the report.
(Xinhua News Agency January 16, 2007)