Germany’s onshore wind capacity grew by 1,185 MW gross in the first half (H1) of 2015, which is a year-on-year decrease of 34%, newly released statistics shows.
These were the sector’s second best six months in terms of new installations, after the record-high H1 2014 total of 1,659 MW.
When the capacity of repowered wind parks is excluded, the net onshore wind capacity in H1 2015 was 1,093 MW. Wind sector association VDMA expects a strong second half and between 4,000 MW and 4,500 MW for the full year.
Matthias Zelinger, head of the association, said that the German wind industry is healthy. It has an export quota of as much as 60%. Still, he noted that the fluctuations in market demand caused by uncertainty are not good for wind turbine makers.
Earlier today it was announced that 1,706 MW of German offshore wind capacity has been connected in the six months through June.