Emerging markets order more than 1GW of wind turbines in September

Just over 1GW of firm orders were reported for wind farms spread across Egypt, Russia, Morocco, Colombia and Vietnam last month

SGRE secured an order for 301MW in Morocco, which was the second biggest market for onshore turbine deals in September (pic: Raïd Laabi/SRGE)

Emerging markets accounted for more than a quarter of the turbine purchase agreements (TPAs) recorded in September by Windpower Intelligence.

Of the 3.9GW of firm onshore orders recorded by Windpower Intelligence last month, just over 1GW were reported for wind farms in Egypt, Russia, Morocco, Colombia and Vietnam.

All of these markets currently have less than 2GW of operating wind power capacity, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.

Vestas and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) secured the lion’s share of these emerging markets’ TPAs in September. 

The former reported two separate 252MW contracts in Egypt and Russia, a 53MW deal in Vietnam and a 20MW debut order in Colombia.

Meanwhile, SGRE secured an order for 301MW in Morocco last month, while GE Renewable Energy clinched a deal to supply 60MW in Vietnam and 87MW in Morocco.

The Colombian and Vietnamese orders add to 180MW and 220MW of deals, respectively, from earlier in Q3.

The world’s second largest wind power market, the US (1,513MW) was the most popular market for firm, onshore orders last month, ahead of Morocco (388MW), Egypt and Russia (both 252MW).