German wind 'set for 10-year high'

An onshore wind farm in Germany

An onshore wind farm in Germany

Onshore wind power installations in Germany in 2013 will be the highest for 10 years, according to preliminary data from the Fraunhofer IWES institute.

Germany is likely to end up installing about 2.5GW of new onshore capacity this year, the highest level of new installations since 2003 when 2.7GW was added, the institute says.

The figure is based on a projection of data from January to October to the entire year. In 2012, 2.3GW was added.

On top of that, turbine installation at the 400MW Bard Offshore 1 wind farm, and the 108MW Riffgat offshore plant were completed this year, although Riffgat hasn’t been grid-connected yet. Further turbines have been erected at the Borkum West and Dan Tysk offshore farms.

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