Small-Wind-Power Market to Reach over $3 Billion by 2020, Finds New Report

16th December 2013  To: 16th December 2013

The small-wind-power market started growing on a commercial scale in the last decade. Even though small-wind installations are not prevalent across the world, the market is gradually expanding into various countries. The market size was $156m in 2008, and increased to $609m by 2012. The rate of growth is expected to increase in the future, with increasing incentives announced by various governments and increasing end-user awareness. The major applications of small-wind turbines include battery charging, residential consumption, irrigation and small industrial and commercial purposes. With the increasing usage of small-wind turbines the market size is expected to reach $3 billion by 2020. 

China, the US and UK contribute more than 80% of the global small-wind-power installed capacity. China is the leader, with a cumulative capacity of 266 Megawatts (MW) in 2012. The US and UK follow China with 216 MW and 118 MW respectively. Small-wind power has huge potential in China, due to the large rural population and the requirement for distributed power systems. The country also has more than 80 small-wind-turbine manufacturers and manufactures the largest number of small-wind turbines. China, with more than 100 MW of small-wind-turbine exports for the last three years, is the hub of the global small-wind-turbine market.

The US is one of the pioneers of the small-wind-turbine market. The UK is the fastest growing small-wind-power market, and installed more than 50 MW in 2012. Its small-wind-power market is expected to grow further due to financial incentives under the renewable obligation, implementation of Feed-in Tariff (FiT) policies, and streamlining of administrative procedures.

The report provides an understanding of the technology and market forces in the global small wind power market, as well as cost analysis, and data on installed capacity and power generation for the 2008-2020 periods. It covers the global market size of the small wind market, and analysis of small wind turbine range.

The countries covered are the US and Canada in the North American region; Germany, Spain and the UK in the European region; and China and India in the Asia-Pacific region. For all countries analyzed the report provides a regulatory framework for the small wind power market, as well as information on major small wind turbine manufacturers from various regions across the world.



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