Ten 100MW-plus wind farms commissioned in July

The ten largest wind farms fully commissioned in July account for nearly 3GW of the 4.5GW of new capacity turned on globally last month.

Invenergy's 300MW Santa Rita East wind farm was one of three 100MW-plus Texan projects fully commissioned in July
Invenergy's 300MW Santa Rita East wind farm was one of three 100MW-plus Texan projects fully commissioned in July

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The ten largest wind farms Windpower Intelligence has identified as coming fully online in July all have a capacity of 100MW or more.

Global capacity reached 582.2GW by the end of July, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly — an increase of about 4.5GW since the start of the month.

Of this new capacity, ten projects in the UK, the US, China, Australia, Argentina and Serbia, account for just shy of 3GW — or 63% of the monthly total.

By comparison, the ten biggest projects in June had a combined capacity of just over 1GW — or 21% of the 4.7GW total commissioned that month.

Only one of the top ten wind farms — the 588MW Beatrice off the coast of Scotland — was an offshore project.

Three of the top ten — Hale, Santa Rita East and Lockett — were commissioned in Texas, with a combined capacity of 964MW.

Meanwhile, the 950MW Mohe wind complex in Qinghai, China, consists of three distinct phases with capacities of 450MW, 400MW and 100MW.

The top ten also includes Serbia’s largest wind farm: New Energy Solutions’ 104.5MW Blacksmith project in Vojvodina.

Genneia’s 113MW Pomona project in Río Negro, Argentina’s second largest wind farm, was also completed.

Windpower Intelligence forecasts 63.4GW of new additions worldwide in 2019, bringing the global cumulative capacity to 626.7GW.

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