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Africa is only tapping into 0.01% of its wind power potential

According to the latest data released by GWEC, the Africa and Middle East region installed 821 MW of new wind power capacity in 2020, bringing total capacity in the region to over 7 GW.

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Study on community energy in Germany and Japan

The first results of a survey of community energy entities in Germany and Japan show that the shareholders in such projects are predominantly male. In the companies surveyed in North Rhine-Westphalia, the proportion of women among the shareholders is 29%, who hold 27% of the shares. Japanese community energy entities also have a share of women of below 30%.

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Over 100.000 GWO trained workers

Global Wind Organisation, which represents 17 global wind turbine manufacturers and owner/operators has published its Annual Report 2020, showing a 12% growth of the GWO trained workforce worldwide, reaching a total of 100,052 (2019: 88,030).

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Wind is not growing fast enough for EU economy to go climate-neutral

WindEurope has published statistics on wind energy in Europe in 2020. Europe built 14.7 GW of new wind farms in 2020. This was 19% less than what was expected before COVID. 80% of the new capacity was onshore wind. The Netherlands built the most (2 GW, mostly offshore) followed by Germany, Norway, Spain and France. The EU27 accounted for 10.5 GW of the new capacity.

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Over 6GW of new offshore wind capacity added in 2020

Global Annual offshore wind installations in 2020 source GWECAccording to the latest data released by GWEC, the global offshore wind industry installed over 6GW of new capacity in 2020. This growth was driven by China, which installed over half of the new offshore wind capacity globally last year.

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UK launches offshore wind manufacturing investment support scheme

The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is launching an Offshore Wind Investment Programme to support the delivery of manufacturing investment in the offshore wind supply chain. It may provide grant funding for major investments in the manufacture of strategically important offshore wind components in certain disadvantaged or deprived regions in the UK.

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