While it may be too soon to have a clear picture on the level of disruption, the wind industry will face a supply chain disruption due to COVID-19. With wind component factories closing down in Spain, and the UK, major suppliers will face delays in distributing necessary parts to reach the anticipated 4.36 GW of wind power expected to be installed this year.
As of 6 April, only Argentina has issued a lockdown with partial lockdowns in Mexico and Brazil.
Top executives at renewables manufacturers have begun to signal they expect the impacts of the coronavirus to result in delays that stretch into 2021. “Taking the two months disruption observed in China as the reference, at least 15% of the expected installation in 2020 will be impacted in one way or another,” Zhao said.