Friday, 13 March 2020
Europe installed 15.4 GW of new wind energy capacity in 2019, with onshore installations accounting for three quarters of this increase. The wind capacity in all of Europe is now 205 GW.
German, a champion and early adopter of wind technology, only installed 1.1 GW of onshore wind last year — its lowest since 2000, representing an increase of less than 2%. The outlook for wind in Germany next year similarly looks flat.
Spain on the other hand ramped up onshore installations significantly by 2.3 GW, an increase of more than 10% in onshore capacity.
While wind represented 15% of Europe's electricity last year, significant growth is still required to meet the 2050 target of 50%.
WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said: “Climate neutrality and the Green Deal require Europe to install over twice as much new wind energy each year as it managed in 2019."