Onshore wind achieves biggest increase in one year

Onshore wind increased the most in one year to date in 2021. The total capacity of wind projects completed in that year was 1,109 MW.

By the end of 2023, the Netherlands is expected to have a total wind capacity of 6,190 MW. As a result, the Energy Agreement’s goal has been met. The new Wind on Land monitor, which is published annually, confirms this.

The central government and provinces agreed to a national target of 6,000 MW of operational capacity for onshore wind power by 2020 as part of the Energy Agreement (2013). Additional agreements have been made for the period up to 2023 because this target was not met by the end of 2020. the aforementioned acceleration package

The Wind on Land Monitor is an annual report that gives an overview of the state of wind projects in the Netherlands. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) drafted the monitor with input from the government, provinces, municipalities, and market parties, among others.

2021 final standings

The Netherlands had 5,286 MW of installed capacity for onshore wind power at the end of 2021. That’s 1,109 MW more than was available at the end of 2020, when 4,177 MW of onshore wind capacity remained. Furthermore, many projects are well underway. The projects with an SDE decision will account for a total of 1,730 MW net in 2021, with 1,370 MW of permits being irrevocable. This group’s 900 MW construction has already begun.


The following are the main findings of the Wind on Land 2021 monitor:

  • The total capacity of onshore wind projects completed in 2021 is 1,109 MW. This is the most significant increase in a single year to date.
  • By the end of 2023, many wind projects that were under construction had been completed. This adds 904 MW of wind capacity to the system.
  • By the end of 2023, the Netherlands is expected to have 6,190 MW of wind capacity. By the end of 2023, the Energy Agreement’s goal of 6,000 MW of onshore wind will have been met.
  • The combined power of wind farms and solar panels on land also helps to achieve the acceleration agreement. It was agreed to double the shortage of wind capacity by 2020, in order to meet the Energy Agreement’s target of 2023.
  • From the end of 2023, onshore wind projects are expected to produce an average annual production of 18.5 TWh of wind capacity. Onshore wind energy contributes more than half of the national target set by the Climate Agreement: 35 TWh of renewable (sustainable) energy generated on land.
  • A large number of projects in the pipeline have been delayed or (temporarily) halted as a result of a decision by the Council of State on general rules for wind turbines (2021). National wind turbine standards are currently being developed. Municipalities and provinces can set their own local standards when issuing new permits in the meantime.
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