U.S. paves the way for a stellar 2020

Siemens Gamesa back in top 3 for installations in 2019

Orlando / 17 February 2020

Siemens Gamesa regained the third market position in terms of onshore installations in 2019 in the U.S. despite difficult headwinds and looks to a busy future in 2020. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released their “2019 Year End AWEA Policy and Advocacy by the Numbers report” on Wednesday, January 29.
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In the U.S., 2019 proved to be a successful year for Siemens Gamesa. Siemens Gamesa contributed nearly 1.5 GW of last year’s installations and anticipates an even bigger, record year of installations in 2020. With 16%market share, the company more than doubled its installations from the previous year.
U.S. onshore wind: A success story

The U.S. wind power industry as a whole also experienced impressive growth in 2019. Over 9 GW were installed in the U.S., the third strongest year for new installations, wind capacity increased 26% over the end of 2018 alone and the U.S. now produces enough clean, affordable energy to power 32 million average American homes. Not only that, wind power is a major job creator with over 114,000 U.S. workers. Today, there are nearly 60,000 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 105,583 MW in operation in the U.S. across 41 states, Guam and Puerto Rico. These impressive numbers contribute to avoiding over 200 million tons of CO2, equivalent to reducing the emissions of more than 42 million cars.
U.S. produces enough energy to power 32 million American homes
2019 has been the most successful year for the company in the U.S. with the installation of 1.5 GW per year
There has been a significant increase in demand for project installations over the last year as developers look to install projects that have qualified for the 100% Production Tax Credit (PTC). The PTC is a U.S. government subsidy that entered a phase-down schedule in 2016, but developers were given 4 years to bring a project online after their initial project qualification, making 2020 a big year for the installation of the last projects to qualify at the full value of the PTC. 2019 was set to be the final year that a developer could complete the initial qualification of a project at only a 40% value of the original PTC, however the year-end budget deal extended PTC qualification for one year and brought the PTC value up to 60% of the original credit.

The industry will now see an extended opportunity to qualify projects that would come online as late as 2024, providing longer term certainty to the U.S. industry. This includes the potential for more repowering projects, which offers the unique opportunity to improve performance and extend the life of the project site, all while continuing to support manufacturing, construction and technician jobs. 

U.S. offshore wind: A burgeoning market

The U.S. offshore market also took off in 2019 with Siemens Gamesa having been awarded 4.3 GW in conditional and preferred supplier agreements. With a total offshore wind pipeline of over 26,000 MW in federal leas areas and 14 states actively engaged, according to the American Wind Energy Association, offshore wind in the U.S. shows tremendous potential.

The first offshore wind project in U.S. federal waters, and Siemens Gamesa’s first offshore wind project in the U.S., will go into the water in 2020. Come 2026, over 9,000 MW are expected to be operational.

This, combined with an anticipated record number of U.S. installations onshore, will make 2020 a year for the record books.

With all of the success from 2019, Siemens Gamesa is strongly positioned for future growth in the U.S. both onshore and offshore and will continueproviding clean energy for generations to come.


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