Germany is set to overtake the UK this year in offshore wind energy installations for the first time.
The European Wind Energy Association says Germany will more than double the UK’s effort in 2015.
The UK was the European leader in expansion over the last three years, accounting for more than half of all offshore installations in Europe last year.
But after record breaking installations in 2014, only three projects are expected to be completed in the UK this year. Germany has eight projects due for completion in the same time frame.
Oliver Joy, spokesman for The European Wind Energy Association said, “This is obviously a positive sign for the German market as the government continues its drive towards the Energiewende. The UK on the other hand will complete the world’s second largest offshore wind farm at Gwynt y Mor in North Wales. The world’s largest is London Array”.
In 2014, 408 new offshore turbines were connected across Europe, adding 1483 MW of electricity. The total installed capacity for Europe now stands at 8,045 MW with 74 offshore wind farms in 11 European countries.
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