Nordex sees German sales joy

Nordex said continued strong demand for turbines at light-wind locations has pushed the pipeline of installed and projects under construction with its N117/2400 model to over 1GW, with 132MW of orders in the first quarter in Germany.

The German orders came from developers Wpd and PNE Wind, among others. Nordex has been series-producing the IEC3 turbine since 2011.

The company’s announcement comes after Chancellor Angela Merkel and premiers of German states late on Tuesday reached a compromise over a reform to the country’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG), which now foresees less harsh limits to the scope and support of wind power than originally planned.

One of the aspects of the compromise is to use a model for onshore feed-in tariffs that foresees a more modest cut to FITs on moderate wind locations than earlier planned by the federal government.

Southern German states that are laggards in wind power, as well as several turbine manufacturers eying the booming market in that region, had feared that too harsh FIT cuts would choke off the fledgling wind expansion there.

The company said it is maintaining its momentum in its German home market. “After doubling our market share in 2013, we are now headed for a double-digit figure this year,” said Nordex management board member Lars Bondo Krogsgaard.

The company added that its new Generation Delta machine, the N117/3000 is also having a good start, with the sale of six turbines from the model to project developer Denker & Wulf for the Sehestedt wind farm in Schleswig-Holstein state.