Germany’s new coalition government has reportedly set a target of installing 30GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030, up from the country’s previous target of 20GW.

The coalition agreement signed by the Social Democrats, Greens and Free Democrats pledges to install 40GW of offshore wind capacity by 2035 and 70GW by 2045.

Federal Association of Offshore Wind Farm Operators (BWO) managing director Stefan Thimm said: “The planned increase in offshore expansion targets is a bold and right step.

“With this coalition agreement, the new traffic light coalition is setting an example for the future.

“The list of topics to be dealt with ranges from the area backdrop to questions of market design to planning and approval issues.

“All levers must now be set in motion to accelerate the expansion.”

The coalition agreement also states that 200GW of solar capacity will be installed by 2030.

The parties have agreed to allocate 2% of Germany’s land area for developing onshore wind facilities.

In response to the plans, WAB managing director Heike Winkler said: “The agreement on at least 30GW of offshore wind until 2030 in German waters, followed by 40GW until 2035 and 70GW until 2045, is an important signal for the offshore wind supply chain and for the feasibility of a ‘green’ hydrogen economy.

“To achieve this, it is important to launch additional tenders without delay. It is also good that the planned federal government links its target of 80% renewables by 2030 with the forecast of higher electricity demand.”

WAB is a contact partner for the German offshore wind industry.

Earlier this week, German energy company RWE contracted SMA Solar to supply technology for integrating and controlling the charge and discharge of lithium-ion battery racks at its two power storage facilities in Lingen and Werne, Germany.

The storage facilities will have a combined output of 117MW.