Total installed wind power capacity in Germany 2008-2018

Total installed wind power capacity in Germany from 2008 to 2018 (in megawatts)

by Ian Tiseo, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Total installed wind power capacity in Germany 2008-2018 Wind power capacity in Germany has increased significantly since 2008, reaching 59,420 megawatts by 2018. This was an increase of almost 4,000 megawatts when compared with the previous year, and almost 37,000 when compared to 2008. Onshore wind accounted for the majority of installations. In 2017, almost 5,000MW was added when compared to the previous year. However, progress slowed down in 2018 with less than 3,000MW installed.
Energy production

As wind power capacity has increased, so has electricity generation. In 2000, generation from wind stood at 9.5 billion kilowatt-hours. By 2017 this had increased to 106 billion kilowatt-hours, 88 billion of which came from onshore wind. Germany is the leader in wind power electricity generation in Europe.

Wind powers role in the energy mix

Wind power plays an important role in Germany’s renewable energy mix. In 2017 it made up 16 percent of renewable sources used to generate electricity. There has been progress since 2005, when shares were just 4.5 percent. Despite an overall growth, there are concerns that Germany will not meet its renewable targets as onshore wind progress slows down. This in turn jeopardizes EU renewable targets. The primary reason for this slowdown is the process for developing new wind farms now taking over two years.
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