Onshore wind power in Germany expands by 2.5GW in 2013
Dec 16, 2013 - Onshore wind power capacity in Germany will expand by 2.5 GW by the end of 2013, compared with the 2.3 GW growth in 2012, according to estimates by the Fraunhofer institute (IWES) released on Thursday.
The wind energy expansion rate in 2013 is the highest since 2003 when capacity expanded by 2.7 GW, IWES said. The institute based its estimates on installation figures from October 2013.
Once the offshore sites installed this year are linked to the grid, offshore capacity will double compared with 2012 levels, according to IWES. The Riffgat and Bard Offshore projects were completed this year. As of September 2013, total offshore wind capacity stood at 520 MW.
IWES projects that by end December total wind energy output for the year will be 46 TWh. Including the new off- and onshore wind power installations in 2013, total wind energy capacity in Germany amounts to over 34 GW.
IWES will publish its final wind power report in March 2014.