Europe saw EUR 19 bn of new Wind Farm Investments Confirmed in 2019

Europe saw EUR 19 billion of new wind farm investments confirmed in 2019, off which EUR 13 billion went towards onshore wind energy projects.

Europe Wind Investments 2019

According to a new report, Europe saw EUR 19 billion of new wind farm investments confirmed in 2019. A further EUR 33 billion was invested in the refinancing of wind farms, the acquisitions of wind farm projects and other transactions.

Most of the investments in new wind farms were in the onshore wind – EUR 13 billion. This covered over 10 GW of new projects, showing continued strong interest in Europe for the development of onshore wind farms, the report Financing and Investment Trends by WindEurope revealed.

“Governments and investors continue to have a strong appetite for onshore wind. Because in most of Europe it is the cheapest form of new power generation capacity. And the latest auctions in Poland, Denmark, Greece, France, Italy and Lithuania all testify to the strong support for onshore wind and competitive prices. We expect the onshore wind to be 80 percent of all wind capacity additions over the next five years”, said WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson.

Spain financed the most wind energy projects in 2019 both in terms of capacity financed and the amount invested, EUR 2.8 billion. Remarkably the next highest investors in the onshore wind among EU member states were Sweden and Poland.

“Investors understand that wind energy is a good bet to deliver on the European Green Deal. The wind is 15 percent of Europe’s electricity today. The EU Commission expects it to be 50 percent by 2050. And 2019 could have been a record year for wind investments in Europe, had it not been for a sharp fall in new investments in Germany. The problem in Germany is permitting: the rules are too complex and it’s unclear where they’re heading – the Government must clarify things to get investors back”, added Dickson.

The report shows an increasing interest of corporates to source renewable energy. Corporate off-takers can reduce and fix electricity costs over time and reduce their impact on the environment by signing a long-term PPA. Never before have more renewable Corporate Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) been signed than last year. Across all renewable energy sources, corporates contracted more than 2.5 GW in 2019 alone, with wind contributing around 1.7 GW.

The report also takes a closer look at the diverse investors involved in wind energy financing. Banks play an increasing role in extending over EUR 20 billion of non-recourse debt in 2019. The importance of non-recourse debt continues to grow. It now accounts for 49 percent of all investment in new onshore wind projects and 77 percent of all investment in new offshore wind farms.

The Sustainable Europe Investment Plan, the investment pillar of the European Green Deal, aims to mobilize at least EUR 1 trillion in additional private and public capital for renewable energy projects in the next decade. However, the short-term perspective is overshadowed by the effects of COVID-19. The pandemic is likely to reduce market liquidity in debt and equity markets.

“We have yet to see the scale of COVID-19’s impact on wind energy investments. But our message to investors and policymakers is clear: Renewable energies and the European Green Deal are the motor for Europe’s recovery. They create growth. They secure jobs. They’re key to our technological leadership towards a climate-neutral economy”, said Dickson.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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