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Germany's Offshore Wind Turbines Continue To Exceed Expectations

By Brian Spaen

Germany is one of the world leaders in offshore wind farming. Along with the United Kingdom and Denmark, they have multiple gigawatts of capacity scattered throughout the country. At the rate of growth wind energy has had over the years, they’re expected to surpass the government’s goal of 6.5 gigawatts by 2020.

Through the first half of 2017, Germany has successfully powered on 626 megawatts of offshore wind farms and that total should hit 900 megawatts by the end of the calendar year according to Reuters. That’s more than the 818 megawatts added in 2016. Slightly over 4,700 megawatts of capacity is now available in the country.

Sandbank was the first to fully connect to the grid in late January. The project was completed over three months ahead of schedule and is located around 55 miles west of the island of Silt. Capacity sits at 288 megawatts with some of the farm being activated last summer. According to 4coffshore, Sandbank generates enough energy for roughly 400,000 households and it “produces 700,000 tons less CO2 emissions annually.”