For the first time a Chinese company has topped an annual ranking of onshore wind turbine manufacturers.

And Chinese firms also accounted for half of the entrants in Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s 2015 top ten.

Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology took the top spot in the BNEF poll, with 7.8 GW of capacity commissioned – almost all of it in China.

Bloomberg found that China installed a record 28.7 GW last year and foreign manufacturers accounted for less than 5 per cent of the onshore wind market share.Goldwind tops BNEF onshore wind turbine top ten

In the rankings, Vestas came second with 7.3 GW commissioned, up from its 2.5 GW in 2014. BNEF said the Danish company “pursued a global strategy, commissioning projects in 32 countries globally, 18 more than the next-highest competitor”. 

GE fell from first place last year to third, with 5.9 GW in 2015, 700 MW more than it commissioned the previous year. GE remains the largest turbine provider to the US market, which accounts for 62 per cent of its global installations.

Amy Grace, head of wind research for BNEF, said that “it’s hardly surprising that five Chinese manufacturers made the top ten ranking in a year where China contributed roughly half of the global capacity.”

However she added that “it is more surprising how dominant Goldwind was in its domestic market.  The company commissioned more than two-and-a-half times the amount of capacity as the next largest Chinese manufacturer, Guodian.”

Siemens and Gamesa were in joint fourth place as both companies installed 3.1 GW in 2015 while German firm Enercon was sixth. BNEF noted that Enercon “continues to dominate its home market, which accounted for 48 per cent of its turbines commissioned in 2015”. 

The four other Chinese manufacturers in the top ten were Guodian, Ming Yang, Envision and CSIC.