On June 15 each year CanWEA joins the wind industry and its supporters around the world in celebrating Global Wind Day. Learn about all the great reasons to celebrate wind energy in 2019 in CanWEA’s latest blog.
To help celebrate the amazing growth of wind energy around the world, the Global Wind Energy Council and Wind Europe host a Global Wind Day photo competition that allows members of the public to participate in the wind energy success story by submitting their best wind energy photos. The photo competition offers major cash prizes to participants.
The theme of the 2019 photo competition is Future Wind, and is aimed to draw the attention of the public and policymakers to the power wind energy holds to alleviate many social, economic and environmental challenges.
Find out more about the contest and submit your photo by June 5! CanWEA is excited and honoured to be serving as one of the judges of the contest. Winners will be announced on Global Wind Day, June 15.
Wind Energy from a Global Perspective
Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing energy forms, and one of the lowest-cost ways to generate electricity around the world. The Global Wind Energy Council is a great resource for understanding just how important wind energy is becoming for so many countries. For example, did you know that:
- More than 51 gigawatts of wind energy capacity was installed worldwide in 2018, bringing the total cumulative installations up to 591 gigawatts (GW).
- Over the next five years, GWEC Market Intelligence expects that over 300 GW of new capacity will be added. That is more than 55 GW of new installations each year until 2023.
- North, Central and South America have installed 11.9 GW of wind power capacity in 2018, an increase of 12 per cent over last year. In North America (Canada and U.S.) new capacity additions grew by 10.8 per cent compared to 2017.
- Canada now ranks 8th in the world for total onshore installed capacity – a jump from 9th place in previous years.
- The top eight wind markets are China (21.2 GW), U.S. (7.6 GW), Germany (2.4 GW), India (2.2 GW), Brazil (1.9 GW), and Canada (1.2 GW).
- In North America, the wind industry supports over 160,000 jobs.
To see how Canada stacks up, visit CanWEA’s Wind Market pages.
Photo: 2018 Global Wind Day photo contest winner in the Local Impact category. An Indian farmer working in his field next to a Wind turbine in Dhar. Picture taken by Chetan Soni in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh state of India.