German windpower company Nordex has reported a sharp business increase in its domestic market.
The Nordex Group installed 267 wind turbines in Germany in 2016 – a significant rise on the previous year’s figure of 176.
And the company pointed out that as the capacity of these turbines also rose, overall installed capacity climbed by an even sharper 58 per cent over the previous year to 691 MW compared with 2015’s 437 MW.
Nordex said its strong market development was driven by the adoption in Germany of an auction model for the remuneration of new projects. This led Nordex’s market share to increase to around 15 per cent compared to 12 per cent in 2015.
The company said it particularly benefited from a strong position in turbines designed for light-wind regions – more than 40 per cent of its turbines were installed in the four southern German states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland.
At the same time, the share of the more recent 3 MW platform doubled to over 25 per cent from the previous year.
“This year we will achieve a new installation record thanks to the strong order intake in 2016,” said Jörg Hempel, who is responsible for Nordex’s German business. Last year, Nordex’s order intake in Germany rose by around 28 per cent to €1.17bn.