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1550 wind turbines with a capacity of 4394 MW were installed in 2016. At the same time, a decommissioning of 242 wind turbines or a 262 MW nominal output took place. Almost two-thirds of the newly installed wind turbines had an output of 3 MW or more. The average output was 2.83 MW, the rotor diameter at 109 m and the hub height at 127 m.

Compared to the long-term average and in particular compared to 2015, the wind conditions and yields in 2016 were below average. The wind park Germany reached an average of 1553 full-load hours. For wind turbines newly built in 2016, 2721 full-load hours are expected during the long-term average.







In Germany, 156 offshore wind turbines with an output of 818 MW in 2016 were put into operation in whole or in part. This concerns the Gode Wind I + II and Sandbank projects. At the end of the year, a total of 4089 MW of offshore wind power in the North Sea and Baltic Sea were commissioned. The feed-in of these plants amounted to 11.9 TWh in 2016.


Around 14,100 MW were in operation worldwide at the end of 2016, of which around 12,400 MW were installed in Europe. With the commissioning of the 30 MW wind farm "Block Island" off the east coast of the USA, the use of offshore wind energy took off in the US energy business.