German wind energy

Germany generated 12.3% of its electricity in 2016 from wind turbines. This was down from 13.3% in 2015. This amounted to 79.8 TWh, compared to nuclear power (14.1% = 91.2 TWh). About 10% of wind power is generated offshore.

Germany generated 12.3% of its electricity in 2016 from wind turbines. This was down from 13.3% in 2015. This amounted to 79.8 TWh, compared to nuclear power (14.1% = 91.2 TWh). About 10% of wind power is generated offshore.

In 2016, 5,443 MW of new wind power capacity was newly installed in Germany, for a total of 50.018 GW capacity. Each turbine generates an average of 1.77 MW. The latest onshore turbines stand 128m from the ground to the rotary hub, and the blades have a diameter of 109m. These can generate 2.848 MW.

At the end of 2014, 149,200 people were working in the sector. By the end of 2015, this number had fallen to 142,900.

45.9 billion euro was invested in new wind turbines from 2007-2015.

The lowest power generated in 2016 was in June: 3.4 TWh (0.6 offshore, 2.8 onshore). The highest power generated in 2016 was in February: 10.0 TWh (1.2 offshore, 8.8 onshore). The record power generated was 36.6 GW on 8th February 2016 at 21:45. In total wind generated 12.3% of the total electricity production in Germany.

2016. German added wind capacity: 5.44GW. Total installed: 50.02 GW. 28,217 turbines (27,270 onshore, 947 offshore). 13% of electricity provided by wind. 150,000 people employed. [GWEC 2016 Report]