German onshore wind installations collapse to 20-year low

VDMA says action needed to save sector as 'mainstay of the energy transition' as just 134MW added in Q1

The German wind industry said onshore growth in the country is now at a near-standstill as just 134MW was added in the first quarter of 2019 – the lowest for more than 20 years.

The paltry Q1 addition, reported by the VDMA Power Systems group that represents manufacturers, followed a sharp slowdown last year that saw onshore plunge to 2.15GW from 4.87GW in 2017.

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VDMA said Germany’s onshore sector is now suffering the full consequences of flawed tenders and adverse permitting policies that have been threatening the industry for the last year or more.

The body said: “In order not to lose wind energy ashore as the mainstay of the energy transition, we finally need a clear signal from the federal government and the states that additional construction should take place.”

The 134MW is a stunning reverse from the gigawatt-scale quarterly additions previously seen in Europe’s largest wind power market.

The federal government has promised extra tenders to boost additions, but their impact is only expected to be felt after 2021.

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