January 10 (Renewables Now) - Wind farms in Lithuania produced a total of 1.453 TWh of electricity in the past year, setting a new annual generation record, statistics by the Lithuanian Wind Power Association (LVEA) show.
According to the data, released last week, the output is almost 28% higher than the one in 2018 when wind farms generated 1.139 TWh of power, and covered 13% of Lithuania’s final electricity consumption.
The increased generation was a result of the favourable weather conditions and improving technologies. LVEA’s director Aistis Radavicius told news agency LETA and the Baltic News Service (BNS) that weather was extremely windy in the first and last quarters of the year, which was further enhanced by the better technical reliability of wind turbines. Production peaked in March, reaching a new monthly high of 173 GWh.
At end-2019, Lithuania had a total installed wind power capacity of 533 MW, of which 480 MW comes from utility-scale plants. This capacity is expected to continue growing in the coming years, with a boom in the construction of new plants expected between 2021 and 2023, Radavicius added.