In 2015, it was the second-largest wind installer in the EU, adding almost 1.3GW, a runner-up to Germany.

Having added more megawatts than France and the UK last year, the Polish onshore wind sector can now be considered a leading industry. With 5.1GW of onshore wind, Poland holds seventh place among EU countries.

Last year’s rapid growth was caused mainly by the Renewable Energy Sources (RES) Act, which mandated a switch from green certificates to auctions. That triggered a “now or never” rush to complete pending projects by the end of 2015, to qualify for the 15-year support in the form of green certificates, without the need to participate in auctions.

However,