China’s wind energy capacity tops 45 GW

Wind power generating capacity connected to China’s grid networks increased by more than 14 gigawatts, or about 45 percent, from a year earlier to above 45 GW at the end of 2011, state media reported on Thursday.

The newly-added wind farm capacity was slightly higher than the additions in 2010, even though the growth rate was a bit lower, the state broadcaster said in a report that cited data from National Wind Power Information Management Centre. China plans to have 100 GW of wind power capacity by 2015.