Global regions

News and in-depth analysis of wind power, wind farms and wind industry companies and policy around the world.

North America

Covid-19 sends GE Renewable Energy to $500 million loss in H1 2020

GE Renewable Energy’s losses widened to $498 million in the first half of the 2020, with the coronavirus pandemic hitting its supply chain and hindering project execution.

Renewables output outpacing coal and nuclear in US

Renewable energy sources outperformed coal and nuclear in the US during the first five months of the year, according to analysis of Energy Information Administration (EIA) data

New York launches 2.5GW offshore wind tender - updated

New York’s energy regulators have rescheduled a 2.5GW offshore wind tender, having previously suspended it due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. They have also launched a new tender for 1.5GW of onshore renewable energy projects.

O&M budgets 'slashed' during Covid-19 pandemic

Asset owners have slashed their operations and maintenance (O&M) budgets amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, raising fears of continuing price pressures on manufacturers looking to generate income from both turbine sales and service contracts, according to new analysis.

South America

Nordex secures largest order yet in Colombia

Nordex has secured an order to supply 41 of its N149/4.0-4.5 turbines for a wind farm understood to be successful in Colombia’s clean energy tender in 2019.

SGRE wins 170MW in Chile

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has won two contracts to supply and maintain 34 of its SG 5.0-145 wind turbines across two sites in Chile making up 170MW in capacity.

Mining giant signs 'record deal' for Brazilian wind power

Mining group Anglo American has agreed to buy some of the output from a 195MW section of a 504MW wind cluster owned by Brazilian developer Casa dos Ventos.

Enel prepares to produce green hydrogen

Italy’s Enel expects to be producing green hydrogen within a year, with likely sites for its first wind and solar farms with electrolysers seen in the US, Chile and Spain, said Antonio Cammisecra, the company’s head of global power generation.

Middle East & Africa

Uzbekistan seals deal for 500MW wind farm

Uzbekistan has given the green light for a 500MW project to shore up its wind power ambitions. The wind farm in the central Navoi region will be designed, financed, built and operated by United Arab Emirates-based Masdar.

Namibian wind farm to use 'self-erecting' tower developer

Nabrawind will supply four of wind towers to a Namibian wind farm being built by Franco-Namibian developer Innovent.

African chemicals giant launches renewables hunt

South African chemicals and mining giant Sasol has launched a search for 600MW of wind and solar power in the same week it was excluded from the world’s largest investment fund.

New offshore wind partnership targets South Africa

Swedish developer Hexicon has formed a joint venture with South African counterpart Genesis Eco-Energy Developments to build what would be the continent’s first offshore wind project.

Europe

‘Robot scarecrow’ sees dramatic drop in wind farm seabird poo

Blasting seagulls with strobe lights and loud noises can prevent offshore wind infrastructure being covered in guano – or seabird poo – according to a year-long trial at the Galloper wind farm off the east coast of England.

Nordex seeks to shed Europe pipeline

Nordex plans to sell its 2.7GW development portfolio of European wind and solar PV projects to renewables developer RWE, the German companies have announced.

Estonia and Latvia sign pact for 1GW offshore wind farm

The Estonian and Latvian governments have agreed to jointly develop a 1GW wind farm in the Gulf of Riga that they claim could meet 40% of Estonia’s annual electricity consumption.

Banks split risk at Europe's largest community wind farm

A Dutch bank and Danish export credit insurer have agreed to share the risk in refinancing the 322MW Zeewolde wind farm repowering project.

Asia Pacific

MHI and CIP first to target offshore wind off Hokkaido

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) have formed a joint venture (JV) to develop offshore wind projects off the coast of Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido.

SGRE aims to cement market lead with tailored 3.X turbine for India

Siemens Gamesa launched its new SG 3.4-145 turbine to make the most of India's best wind sites. Eize de Vries finds out how the company's technical experts in Spain and India worked together to come up with the best design to offer flexible power ratings, withstand the country's hot, humid conditions and offer export potential.

MingYang installs 5.2MW onshore prototype

MingYang Smart Energy has installed a prototype of its MySE5.2-166 unit, which it claims is the most powerful onshore turbine installed in Asia.

CIP plans 3.5GW Vietnamese offshore project

Investment firm Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop a 3.5GW offshore wind farm off Vietnam’s south-east coast with local partners.