European countries will reach a total capacity of 318 gigawatts (GW), with an average installation rate of 21 GW, in the next five years, according to data obtained by Anadolu Agency from WindEurope's recent reports on Saturday.
"Wind energy is an important asset for the European economy," the report said and added that it can play a significant role in a green economic recovery.
In addition to its contribution to clean energy generation, wind energy creates additional jobs and value to the economy.
According to the WindEurope's "Realistic Expectations Scenario", the onshore wind energy installations will represent 72% of the total installation between 2021-2025 while the rest of installation represent offshore wind energy.
Between 2021 and 2025, Europe will install 29 GW of offshore wind.
"Offshore installations will also see new records beaten each year due to the number of projects reaching financial closure," according to the Realistic Expectations Scenario.
The report stated that the UK will be Europe's largest wind market due to strong offshore figures over the next five year with 15 GW of new installations.
Installations will be mainly concentrated in the UK, with 15 GW or 50% of all new grid-connected capacity.
"Five other countries will also see large offshore installations, namely the Netherlands with 4.4 GW, Germany with 3 GW, France 3 GW and Denmark 1.9 GW.
- Onshore wind
According to the report, between 2021 and 2025 European onshore installations could reach 76 GW, averaging about 15 GW per year until 2025.
Germany will continue to lead in new onshore installations with 13 GW over the five years (17% of the total onshore market), followed by France with 8.8 GW, Sweden with 7 GW and Spain with 5.7 GW.
European Union is committed to climate neutrality by 2050 and 55% reductions on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 1991 levels by 2030.
Governments need urgently to simplify permitting rules and procedures for new wind farms, the report said.
By Gulsen Cagatay