Wind Industry is a strong employer in Germany

05. Apr 2017

Analysis shows that the onshore and offshore wind industries support 143,000 jobs directly and indirectly throughout all German states

The onshore and offshore wind industries directly and indirectly supported a total of 143,000 jobs in 2015, generating revenues of about EUR 13 billion. The wind industry has become a vital employer from Schleswig-Holstein to Bavaria. This is the finding of an analysis, presented by the German Wind Energy Association (BWE), VDMA Power Systems and the Offshore Wind Industry Alliance (OWIA). The analysis was carried out by the Institute of Economic Structures Research (GWS) for 2015. It supplements the total figures published at the end of 2016 by Germany’s Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Even those states which clearly need to catch up with expanding their own regional capacity in renewables are well positioned with suppliers in mechanical and plant engineering, electrical engineering and the IT industry. Although final assembly in turbine manufacturing is generally located in Germany’s north, suppliers are located in all states, especially North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. Many businesses in eastern Germany are also important suppliers for the wind industry. While companies involved in services and operations for offshore wind farms have generally set up their businesses along the coast, onshore operators and service firms are distributed across the country. The wind industry employs many in the states of Baden-Württemberg (9,490 employees), Bavaria (11,820) and Saxony-Anhalt (13,120). Even the offshore wind industry has a sizeable effect on employment in states as far from the coast as North Rhine-Westphalia (2,420 employees), Bavaria (1,440) and Baden-Württemberg (1,150), as well as in Schleswig-Holstein (2,470), the northernmost state, which has traditionally boasted onshore wind facilities.

Find more information in the complete press release “The Wind Industry Is a Strong Employer in Germany”.

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