German onshore wind capacity set to post 10-year high

18/12/2013 10:26 Renewable

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Germany‘s onshore wind capacity added more onshore wind new capacity to the grid in the last twelve months than in any single year since 2003, according to estimates by the Fraunhofer institute (IWES) recently released.

About 2.5 GW of new onshore wind capacity was commissioned in 2013, compared with 2.3 GW in 2012 and 2.7 GW in 2003. On top of that, turbine installation at the 400MW Bard Offshore 1 wind farm, and the 108MW Riffgat offshore plant were achieved this year, although Riffgat hasn’t been grid-connected yet. Further turbines have been built at the Borkum West and Dan Tysk offshore farms. Despite these figures, 2013 was a relatively weak wind year, with electricity generation from onshore and offshore wind expected to hit each about 46 TWh in 2013, below 50.7 TWh in2012 and 48.9 TWh in 2011. Uncertainty over the future of Germany's renewables' support scheme is urging developers to get onshore wind online before potential cuts in payment will hit them.

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