German Onshore Additions drops To 20-year Low

According to the report publicized by Deutsche Windguard, Germany has increased onshore wind turbines summing up to the capacity of 1078 megawatts in 2019. The report is indicating a reduction of 55% from 2018 to a lower level for about 20 years. The report comes from BWE (Bundesverband Wind Energy) and the Deutsche Windguard by VDMA Power System – considering 82 machines with a collective capacity of 97 megawatts. The net tallying in 2019 was 981 MW from 243 turbines. Summing up, 29,456 turbines were installed in the state in December with a capacity of 53,912 megawatts. The report indicated that the mean turbine size was 3.3 MW, up 3% in 2018, with rotor diameters and hub heights also growing on average from the previous year to 113 meters and 119 meters, respectively. The mean tip height was 193 meters in 2019.

The most significant share of the new volume was in the region of Brandenburg (22%), with Lower Saxony and North-Rhine Westphalia coming in second and third place, respectively. The other German areas that were also able to attain an additional over 100MW were Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Palatinate. The report suggested that 3675MW of the onshore volume, although only 1847MW in 2019 — the small level of competition in the cost, which approached the extreme permissible value of €62MWh. One hundred and six terawatt-hours of electricity were produced by onshore wind in Germany in 2019, up 13% in 2018.

Scheme permit honors, a criterion for involving in the upcoming tender rounds, were around 2GW the previous year, up 29% in 2018. The report indicated that the number is much smaller than before the opening of the tender system in Germany. BWE and VDMA said that aggregate of 4.1GW in auctions in 2020 and so the aggregate number of certificates registered and not bestowed (around 2.1 GW) was not yet sufficient to encounter the tender goals for 2020. VDMAand BWE also said that a rise of around 5GW annually was required to achieve the state’s 65% renewable energy goal for 2030. BWE and VDMA Systems urged on the state and federal governments to abstain from the distance rules for the onshore turbines. Matthias Zelinger, the managing director of the VDMA Power system, said that the effects of increase silence on engagement and value construction in the industry were to avoid to help sustain the substance in Germany.

David Turner