According to a Chinese news agency, China will become the world's third-largest wind power producer in 2009, trailing only the U.S. and Germany.
The country's installed wind power capacity will reach 20 GW this year, according to an official with the country's New Energy Department.
The U.S. installed 25.2 GW of wind power in 2008, or 21% of the world's total capacity. This compares with China's capacity of 12.2 GW, according to data from the Global Wind Energy Council.
China, which relies on coal for more than 70% of its energy, is the world's largest emitter of the greenhouse gases but it has set a target of generating 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.