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German wind capacity increases by 15% despite poor conditions

GERMANY: Wind energy developers installed 952 turbines with together 1,917MW of new capacity in Germany in 2009, 15% more than the 1,665MW that went in the ground in 2008.

Enercon units in at Juwi project at Kisselbach, Germany
Enercon units in at Juwi project at Kisselbach, Germany

This brought the country’s wind fleet to a total 21,164 turbines increasing the overall capacity to 25,777MW at the end of 2009.

The figures were released today by the German wind energy association Bundesverband Windenergie and the Power Systems sector of mechanical engineering association VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau engineering association).

The improved performance was partly due to commissioning of projects that had been delayed from 2008 into 2009 in order to benefit from higher payments /kWh for wind generated power in 2009, of €0.092 /kWh, compared with €0.0803/kWh in 2008.

The feed-in tariffs are guaranteed for a 20-year period under conditions set out in the renewable energy act.   

Despite the increase in capacity, wind generation last year was disappointing. Output reached an estimated 37.5TWh in 2009, down from 40.6TWh in 2008 and 39.7TWh in 2007, according to statistics organisation AG Energiebilanzen.

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