Wind energy installations in 2016, 238 MW, rank as second best

The country’s wind energy sector gained an installed capacity of 238.55 MW in 2016, the second-best annual performance following 2011, when a capacity of 313 MW was installed, ELETAEN, the Greek Wind Energy Association, has announced.

The association noted that the wind energy sector ended 2016 with a total capacity of 2,374.3 MW, up 11.2 percent compared to the previous year.

Of this total, 321.2 MW concerns wind energy capacity installed on non-interconnected islands and 2,053.1 MW the country’s interconnected grid.

From a regional perspective, mainland Greece holds the greatest share of installed wind energy capacity with 736.7 MW (31%), followed by the Peloponnese with 453.9 MW (19.1%) and the eastern Macedonia-Thrace region with 298.65 MW (12.6%).

As for the energy companies involved, Terna Energy is the market leader with an installed capacity of 460 MW (19.4%), followed by Iberdrola Rokas with 250.8 MW (10.6%), Eltech Anemos Ellaktor with 238.6 MW (10.1%), EDF with 238.2 MW (10%) and ENEL Green Power with 200.5 MW (8.5%).

Vestas is the market leader in construction of wind energy projects with a 51.1 percent share of the Greek market. Enercon follows with 22.2 percent, Gamesa with 11.6 percent, Siemens with 8.3 percent and Nordex with 4.8 percent.

In 2016, Vestas developed 73 percent of all wind energy projects in Greece, Gamesa was next, installing 17.8 percent, and Enercon was ranked third with 9.2 percent.