Europe placed 4.8 GW of wind turbine orders in the first quarter of 2021, 14% up on the fourth quarter of 2020 and 109% compared to Q1 last year, according to a report prepared by WindEurope, Europe’s wind energy association. Spain ranks third in Europe with the largest number of orders.
The 36 orders, distributed across 14 countries, which will mainly supply onshore wind farms, set a record since Q4 2017. Onshore orders were 2.9 GW, which represents a growth of 29% compared to Q1 2020. The orders for offshore wind amounted to 1.8 GW, destined for two wind farms: the Sofia wind farm in the UK and Courseulles-sur-Mer in France.
The UK has the largest number of orders (1.5 GW), followed by Sweden (1.1 GW) and Spain (0.5 GW).