German capacity build-out falls short of lowest estimate

While Germany's solar market grew 30 percent in 2019, adding almost 4 GW, the country installed less than 1 GW in onshore wind capacity during the same period.

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Thursday, several hundred workers in Germany started their first day at one of the so-called transfer companies, enterprises set up to reskill redundant labor. Four of such businesses have been established in the federal state of Lower Saxony to absorb soon-former personnel from Enercon and impacted subsuppliers following the crisis-stricken OEM's decision in November to lay off 3,000 workers.

Similar measures have also been taken on behalf of Senvion's displaced employees as well as the several hundred personnel dismissed by Vestas in Germany.

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