Japan ends 2020 with 4.37 GW of wind energy

The Japan Wind Power Association (JWPA) announced on Friday that the country has ended 2020 with an installed wind capacity of 4,372 MW across 2,531 generating units.

For comparison, the installed capacity at the end of December 2019 was 3,923 MW. Over the past year, Japan installed 141 new wind turbines at 19 different sites, which represent a net new capacity of 449 MW.

JWPA says that this was the best year for capacity addition in the country’s wind power history.

All of the new capacity came from onshore wind. In 2020, Japan did not put any new offshore turbines into operation and it decommissioned a 7-MW floating turbine in Fukushima prefecture.