The map above shows the locations of wind farms across Europe and comes from the European Commission’s SETIS (Strategic Energy Technology Information System) website.
Two things really jump out at you when first looking at the map. The extreme destiny of wind farms in Germany and the lack of wind farms in Eastern Europe and also Norway.
According to Wind Europe, 12.5 GW of gross additional wind capacity was added in Europe in 2016 to bring the total to 153.7 GW, overtaking coal as the second most important energy source.
The top 10 countries in Europe in terms of installed capacity by the end of 2016 were:
- Germany – 50,019 MW
- Spain – 23,075 MW
- UK – 14,542 MW
- France – 12,065 MW
- Italy – 9,257 MW
- Sweden – 6,519 MW
- Poland – 5,782 MW
- Portugal – 5,316 MW
- Denmark – 5,227 MW
- Netherlands – 4,328 MW
Malta and Liechtenstein are the only two European countries to have no wind capacity whatsoever, although Slovakia, Slovenia, Iceland, and Belarus only have 3 MW of installed capacity each.
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