Across the world 44,000 MW of new wind capacity was installed during 2012, taking total global capacity to over 280,000 MW. China alone installed some 13,000 MW of wind capacity in 2012, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).
At the moment China is the world leader in terms of installed wind capacity with a total of 75,000 MW. Some projections see China reaching an installed wind capacity of 140,000 MW by 2015 and 250,000 MW by 2020.
The US saw 13,100 MW of wind power capacity added in 2012 and the US is second only to China in terms of installed capacity, this totalling 60,000 MW.
The country with the third highest installed wind capacity is Germany with 30,000 MW. India is ranked fifth with 18,000 MW.
However, only 100 MW of wind farm capacity was installed in Africa in 2012, split between Ethiopia and Tunisia.