09 Feb '12, 2pm

Wind Energy Investment, Financing Activity Surge Higher in 2011 Despite Economic Headwinds

Wind Energy Investment, Financing Activity Surge Higher in 2011 Despite Economic Headwinds

Capital intensive and with an installed capacity now totaling more than 238 gigawatts (GW), the wind energy market and industry is easily large enough to compete in a market where large, well-established businesses predominate. It remains competitive enough to be driven by innovation, however, and it’s built on a supply and value chain made up of a diversity of smaller product and service suppliers, which spells opportunity for promising new market entrants and business development investors. Installed global wind energy capacity increased a robust 21% in 2011 , as Josh reported yesterday, despite economic and political headwinds. More than 41,000 MW of new wind energy capacity were installed last year, bringing cumulative total installed capacity to more than 238,000 MW, based on latest figures from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). Some 75 countries are now taking a...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/02/09/wind-energy-investmen...

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