Europe witnessed a large increase in onshore and offshore wind orders in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to recent WindEurope data.
WindEurope Wind Turbine Order Monitoring 2020 report revealed that European countries ordered 8.2 gigawatts (GW) of onshore wind turbines – a 13% increase compared to 2019, while offshore orders grew six-fold compared to the previous year to 6.4 GW.
A total of 104 orders came from 19 different countries over the year.
'The United Kingdom ordered the most wind turbine capacity with 4.4 GW, followed by the Netherlands with 2.4 GW and Sweden came third with 1.4 GW,' according to WindEurope.
Sweden ordered the most onshore turbines, followed by the UK and the Netherlands, the data showed.
For offshore capacity, the UK ordered the most, followed by the Netherlands.
'France and Germany are the other countries to have ordered a significant amount of offshore turbines but stalling wind energy expansion in both countries led to lower orders than in previous years,' the report said.
By Gulsen Cagatay