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Published on April 11th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan


Installed Wind Power Capacity per Capita (Country Comparisons)

April 11th, 2011 by  

10 countries with most installed wind power per capita — totals are in MW per million people. (click to enlarge)

This is part of a living resource page on all things wind — installed capacity, future expectations, wind turbine technologies, etc. If you’re interested in helping out with this project, drop a comment below or email cleantechnica@importantmedia.org.

Yes, following up on my posts looking at total installed wind power capacity, wind power growth, and wind power capacity relative to GDP, here’s one on wind power capacity related to population. I think this is very useful information for comparing which countries are true wind energy leaders.

Installed Wind Power Capacity per Capita (by Country)

Using country population data from the U.S. Census Bureau, below are the 45 countries with the most installed wind power capacity compared according to their per capita wind power capacity (numbers are in MW per million people).

Again, what stands out? The same thing as when comparing installed wind power capacity to GDP. While countries like Germany and Spain that are near the top in total wind power capacity still stay near the top, some more populated countries fall quite a bit (i.e. China, the US, India, France) while a number of smaller countries surge to the top (i.e. Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands).

These figures and more can be viewed in spreadsheet form here.

680.3 — Denmark
444.6 — Spain
344.8 — Portugal
333.3 — Germany
308.9 — Ireland
238.4 — Sweden
133.3 — Netherlands
129.6 — USA
124.6 — New Zealand
123.1 — Austria
118.8 — Canada
115.4 — Estonia
112.4 — Greece
95.4 — Italy
94.3 — Norway
92.8 — Australia
87.4 — Belgium
87.4 — France
83.5 — UK
74.4 — Cyprus
52.5 — Bulgaria
43.4 — Lithuania
37.5 — Finland
33.6 — China
30.3 — Armenia
29.5 — Hungary
28.8 — Poland
27.2 — Costa Rica
22.5 — Taiwan
21.1 — Czech Republic
21.0 — Romania
19.8 — Croatia
18.2 — Japan
17.1 — Turkey
11.1 — India
10.7 — Nicaragua
10.3 — Chile
9.0 — Morocco
7.8 — South Korea
6.8 — Egypt
4.6 — Brazil
4.6 — Mexico
1.9 — Ukraine
1.5 — Argentina
1.2 — Iran


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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, look forward to seeing 2011 numbers 😀 in several months 😛

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  • Tomgraywind

    I like it. How about adding in U.S. states?–Tom Gray, Wind Energy Communications Consultant

    • thanks, yeah, was looking to do so. actually, was planning to put that in the initial post but then ended up deciding to wait on it. but hope to get that up soon — thanks for the reminder.

      do you have any good sources for that? (i’m thinking AWEA should have the info & am pretty sure i’ve seen it somewhere before, so hope it won’t be too hard to find)

      • Tomgraywind

        I’m sure they have the capacity numbers by state, will see if I can get those for you. I’m also sure they don’t have by per capita by state.

  • Anumakonda Jagadeesh

    Excellent blog giving worldwide statistics of Wind power which is very useful to those in the field.

    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

  • Anonymous

    mm- Are you asking what percentage of each country’s electricity comes from wind generation?

  • manceramancera

    And if you cross the Per Capita Energy consumption, how would the ranking shift?

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