Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Wind Country Notes
The highest wind velocities in Poland are found along the Baltic coastal region (5-6 m/s annual average wind speed at 30 m above ground level) and in northern and central areas (4.0-5.5 m/s): it is therefore these areas that are the most favoured for development. Wind turbines have been installed in various parts of the country but they are all less than 1 MW capacity. To date it has only been in the north that wind farms of between 1.2 MW and 50 MW have been installed.
Prior to 2001 Polish wind energy capacity stood at a very low level, but the start of operations at the Barzowice (5 MW) and Cisowo (18 MW) plants brought end-2003 capacity to 57 MW. Further development brought the installed capacity to 123.5 MW at end-2005 and to 175 MW at end-2006.
The Polish Wind Energy Association has reported that many wind projects are either planned, under construction or nearing completion (some with participation by Danish, Dutch, Japanese and Spanish companies). The Polish Government plans that by 2010 wind energy capacity will total 2 000 MW and wind power will contribute 2.3% of energy consumption.