In 2014, Germany’s capacity for wind power generation jumped to more than double the previous year’s figures, thanks to the work of 543 offshore wind turbines that have established Germany’s offshore wind power capacity at 2.35 gigawatts (GW). This is just a stepping stone for Germany on its way to a goal of having 6.5 GW of wind energy infrastructure installed and connected by 2020.
According to German engineering association VDMA last week, the 2014 year-end figures blew the previous year’s capacity out of the water, so to speak. At the end of 2013, the system’s capacity was only 915 megawatts. This massive growth spurt demonstrates that Germany is very serious in the pursuit of their goals concerning green energy.
Why capacity and not actual wind power? The infrastructure hasn’t caught up. According to VDMA, only about 1.05 gigawatts of the current capacity are connected to the power grid. The rest will be tapped into as soon as network connections are sped up.
The German government aims for 3 gigawatts of capacity by the end of this calendar year, which would mean a nearly threefold their capacity in just two years. This rapid expansion is intended to keep Germany on track to reach their 2020 goal of having 6.5 GW of capacity installed and connected. The year-end goal for 2015 represents an $11.7 billion investment in the German offshore wind industry.