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Akuo and Mirova Announce Activation of 132 MW of Wind Portfolio in Poland

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Akuo, an independent global renewable energy power producer and developer, announces the activation of three wind power plants in Poland, in partnership with Mirova, to mark the inauguration of the Wielowieś power plant.

The three plants’ production will cover the electricity needs of almost 200,000 homes while cutting CO2 emissions by some 300,000 metric tons per year. With an aggregate capacity of 132 MW, these three wind power plants will help the Polish government to reach its targets in terms of reducing the share of coal in the country’s electricity production.

They will also contribute to its goal of increasing the share of renewables in its energy mix to 27% by 2040, as required by EU law. These new plants thus take the Akuo Group’s installed electricity capacity in the Central-Eastern Europe region to over 300 MW.

Patrice Lucas, CEO and Co-founder of Akuo said “The completion of these projects represents a major step and a first for Akuo in Poland, the success of which would not have been possible without the cross-business and multicultural teamwork shown between the Akuo teams in Paris and our local teams in Poland! I would also like to thank our financial partners, and in particular Mirova, who have put their trust in us and enabled us to achieve this milestone. We are proud to be helping the Polish State with its transition towards a green and local energy supply”.

“We are delighted to announce the completion of these projects, and thus to be among the first to contribute to the development of the wind sector in Poland within the framework of the “CfD1” governmental support for renewable energies launched in 2018. We want to continue leveraging renewable energy sectors’ European momentum and provide further capital for sustainable and resilient infrastructures. We need to work alongside investors to enable them to play their part in the fight against climate change,” said Fabien Villacampa, Investment Director at Mirova.

WindESCo Announced A Successful Quarter With Increase In Bookings

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WindESCo, a pioneer in accelerating annual energy production (AEP) for wind turbine stakeholders, celebrated its most successful quarter to date with a three-fold increase in bookings against Q2, thanks to deals in North America, Europe, India and China. The company passed several significant milestones from June to September, including booking its largest-ever deals and first deals in various geographies and business units.

The company also closed its first-ever fleet deal in North America, signaling a show of confidence among the world’s largest green energy producers in WindESCo’s ability to deliver AEP improvements and attractive ROIs. Remarkably, WindESCo inked an early, pre-launch deal for its next-gen solution, which takes a system approach to wind asset AEP optimization, The solution, WindESCo Swarm™, launches later this month and will be introduced at WindEurope’s Electric City 2021 Conference in Copenhagen in November.

The commercial acceleration builds upon the success of its previous record quarter in early 2021, where the company increased its asset portfolio by over 50% and tracks WindESCo’s exponential growth as a trusted partner to the wind market.

The company’s proprietary algorithms identify and resolve restrictions to output through leading-edge hardware and controller modifications, as well as measuring AEP improvements and delivering revenue gains within a full-service optimization offering.

Speaking on the record results, Blair Heavey, CEO at WindESCo, commented: “Increasingly, independent power producers (IPPs), asset managers, utilities, and fund managers are committing themselves to improve the AEP of their existing assets through optimization. Millions of dollars are being invested in asset management dashboards, which provide data, but not actionable insights. IPPs and asset managers are integrating WindESCO into their APM systems so they can drive AEP improvement that’s measurable and impactful to their portfolios.”

WindESCo continues to expand its global presence to optimize wind performance in key markets worldwide. The new contracts in China and India mark the company’s largest deals to date in these immense wind markets and demonstrate a clear uptick in interest from the nations’ IPPs to strengthen the AEP of their vast wind energy infrastructure.

Heavey added: “WindESCo continues to innovate our algorithms and deep analytics to generate AEP gains amid the industry’s growing appetite for innovative technology advancements. Along with our customers and partners, WindESCo continues to drive our product vision to deliver additional AEP and actionable insights so our customers make financial improvements for their wind assets”

WindESCo’s service is built on deep wind turbine expertise and first-hand understanding of how complex wind dynamics, turbine controls and wind loads affect customers’ revenue across a heterogeneous mix of assets.  Unlike other technology players in the renewable energy market, WindESCo delivers tangible and measurable ROI. An independent outlook improves the revenue position of customers, paying for itself within 12 months and returning up to seven times the investment.

About WindESCo:

WindESCo drives annual energy production gains for wind turbine owners, operators and investors by monitoring and analyzing high-resolution wind turbine data through patented algorithms. They find and fix anomalies in Yaw alignment, Pitch Optimization and Wake Steering through hardware and controller modifications, measuring AEP improvements to deliver revenue gains. Their independent outlook improves the revenue position of customers, paying for itself within 12 months, and returning up to seven times on investment. WindESCo’s software service is built on wind turbine expertise and first-hand understanding of complex wind dynamics, turbine controls and wind loads bridging the gap between the AEP improvements wind operators expect, and the service agreements signed with their OEMs.

TotalEnergies and Simply Blue Group Launch A Joint Venture For Offshore Wind Project

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Wind farm in Navarre, Spain at sunset. Renewable energy concept.

TotalEnergies, a global multi-energy company, and Simply Blue Group, a pioneer in floating offshore wind, launched a joint venture, TotalEnergies SBE US, to unlock the vast potential for floating offshore wind projects in the United States.

TotalEnergies SBE US will combine TotalEnergies’ expertise in large-scale offshore projects, Simply Blue Group’s floating know-how, and a team of pioneers of the U.S. offshore wind industry, to unlock untapped deep-water opportunities that will provide renewable electricity to millions of U.S. homes.

“Our ambition is to install 100 gigawatts of global renewable power generation by 2030, part of which will come from floating offshore wind projects. We are eager to see this partnership with Simply Blue help our Company meet this goal,” said Stéphane Michel, President, Gas, Renewables & Power at TotalEnergies. “We are convinced of the large potential of floating offshore wind to provide U.S. coasts with renewable electricity, and are committed to contribute our extensive expertise in offshore projects to make it happen.” 

“The future and next frontier of U.S. offshore wind are floating. This joint venture with TotalEnergies has everything we need to deliver floating offshore wind on America’s coasts,” said Sam Roch-Perks, CEO, Simply Blue. “Almost two-thirds of U.S. offshore wind resources are found in deeper waters that require floating wind platforms. TotalEnergies SBE US brings together the scale, expertise, and international track record to responsibly develop floating offshore wind power on all of America’s coasts.”

“Offshore wind has arrived. To bring its full benefits to the market, we need to go big and go deep,” said Stephanie McClellan, Ph.D., Chief of Strategy & Policy, TotalEnergies SBE US and founder, Special Initiative on Offshore Wind. “TotalEnergies SBE US will accelerate the development of U.S. floating wind, and help states and the federal government meet their clean power goals.” 

Today, TotalEnergies has over 6 GW of offshore wind in development around the globe, of which over 40% is comprised of floating offshore wind including over 2 GW of floating wind projects in South Korea. Simply Blue Group has more than 3.2 GW of offshore wind in development off Ireland and the UK. 

About the U.S. offshore wind market
In March 2021, the Biden Administration set a 30 GW goal for U.S. offshore wind by 2030. Deep waters off the coasts of California, Oregon, Hawaii, the Gulf Coast, and the East Coast hold as much as 35 GW of development potential by 2040. Along with enabling access to deep-water sites, floating wind offers additional advantages: the winds are stronger and more stable away from the coast, which allows for higher yields, and the wind turbines are out of view from the coast. The global pipeline of floating offshore wind projects more than tripled in 2020 alone to exceed 25 GW, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, with floating wind costs decreasing rapidly. For the United States, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory reports some 60% of viable offshore wind resources can only be tapped using floating technologies.

TotalEnergies, renewables and electricity
As part of its ambition to get to net zero by 2050, TotalEnergies is building a portfolio of activities in renewables and electricity that should account for up to 40% of its sales by 2050. At the end of 2020, TotalEnergies’ gross power generation capacity worldwide was around 12 GW, including 7 GW of renewable energy. TotalEnergies will continue to expand this business to reach 35 GW of gross production capacity from renewable sources by 2025, and then 100 GW by 2030 with the objective of being among the world’s top 5 in renewable energies.

About TotalEnergies
TotalEnergies is a global multi-energy company that produces and markets energies on a global scale: oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewables and electricity. Our 105,000 employees are committed to energy that is ever more affordable, clean, reliable and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, TotalEnergies puts sustainable development in all its dimensions at the heart of its projects and operations to contribute to the well-being of people.

About TotalEnergies SBE US
TotalEnergies SBE US is a joint venture of TotalEnergies and Simply Blue Group dedicated to developing and delivering floating offshore wind power to U.S. coasts. TotalEnergies SBE US is a team of experienced American developers directly connected to states and local communities, who are committed to grow floating offshore wind across the United States with the support of TotalEnergies, a global multi-energy company with a diverse portfolio of renewable assets.

About Simply Blue Group 
Simply Blue Group, headquartered in Cork, Ireland, is a leading blue economy developer focused on replacing fossil fuels with clean ocean energy. It develops pioneering blue economy projects – floating offshore wind, waves energy and low-impact aquaculture – all in harmony with the oceans. The company has a pipeline of over 9 GW of floating offshore wind projects, primarily in the waters off Ireland and the UK. Simply Blue is committed to creating new economic opportunities for coastal communities, and developing projects that co-exist with sustainable fisheries and marine conservation. For more, go to: https://simplybluegroup.com and http://www.simplybluegroup.com/USA. On Twitter @SimplyBlueUS.

Vestas Selected As Preferred Supplier For The 2.1 GW Empire Wind 1 And Empire Wind 2 Offshore Wind Projects In The USA

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Offshore wind energy is rapidly expanding to all parts of the world and following our introduction of the industry’s most powerful wind turbine, the V236-15.0 MW, Vestas plays a leading role in this expansion. As a next step to become a leader in offshore wind, Vestas is proud to announce that Empire Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Equinor and bp, has named Vestas as the preferred turbine supplier for the 2.1 GW Empire Wind 1 and Empire Wind 2 offshore wind projects in New York, USA. This is one of the largest preferred supplier agreements to be announced in the USA.

Vestas will provide 138 industry-leading V236-15.0 MW turbines for Empire Wind 1 and 2, located 15-30 miles off the coast of Long Island. With this project, New York, Equinor, bp, and Vestas are together taking a leading role in the USA’s offshore industry development and bringing the USA one step closer to achieving President Biden’s goal of 30 GW of offshore wind capacity installed by 2030 as well as New York State’s goal of installing 9 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2035.

“We are honored to partner with Equinor and bp as a preferred supplier for the Empire wind projects and provide our V236-15.0 MW turbine to help New York achieve its ambitious offshore wind energy goals. To be part of a landmark project like Empire Wind 1 and 2 is a testament to the hard work of Vestas colleagues across the world dedicated to developing offshore technology capable of delivering, reliable, resilient, and sustainable wind energy to communities around the world,” said Laura Beane, President of Vestas North America.

The tower sections for Empire Wind 1 and 2 are planned to be sourced from the Marmen/Welcon plant, which is being developed in Port of Albany. For staging of turbine components, Vestas will utilize the upgraded port at South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, developing a local, New York-based, supply chain to provide a comprehensive set of services in the staging, pre-assembly and installation activities. 

Vestas has a long history of establishing sustainable, local partnerships and supply chains to serve regional markets, including over 1,000 suppliers in the USA, that currently support our onshore business. We have strong expertise in expanding capabilities across the entire supply chain and look forward to working with our partners to support a similar build-out for the USA’s offshore industry. This project is a catalyst for developing a sustainable New York Supply chain and workforce from manufacturing to installation, to service.

In addition, Vestas will deliver a comprehensive multi-year solution to service the wind farm when operational, with the goal to establish a New York-based service organisation providing high-quality, local employment opportunities.

If and when the agreement with Empire wind materializes in a firm order for Vestas, Vestas will disclose the order in a company announcement in accordance with the company’s disclosure policy.

Vestas Creates Business Region For Greater Asia As The Next Step In Organisational Alignment And Offshore Expansion

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Vestas has in the last year taken strategic steps to strengthen our foundation as well as commercially and organisationally align the company to meet the demands of the future energy market. Welcoming offshore back and optimising our global organisational blueprint, including establishing a new region for Latin America, play a key part in our strategic alignment and today we are pleased to announce that as the next step, Vestas will consolidate our two regions China (CHI) and Asia Pacific (ASP) into one, strong business region covering the Greater Asia region named Asia Pacific (APAC). The new united region will be led by Purvin Patel, current President of Vestas ASP, and be effective per 1. January 2022.

Henrik Andersen, Group President and Chief Executive Officer, says “The global energy market is changing fast, and key to this development is the fast-growing energy demand in Asia, the continuous maturation of wind energy’s supply chain, as well as offshore wind’s rapid expansion from Europe to the rest of the world. By creating one Vestas business region for Greater Asia, we strengthen our regional set up to serve customers building their portfolio within both onshore and offshore, cater for our substantial supply chain footprint in China and India, establish one united and stronger leadership team, and improve our foundation to build a strong and diverse talent pipeline.

Purvin Patel, incoming President of Vestas APAC, adds ”Today marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Vestas in the Greater Asia region. We want to build one bigger and bolder Vestas APAC where we will be able to accelerate the expansion of sustainable energy solutions and services. On behalf of the management team, I look forward to welcome the around 7,000 colleagues in the newly formed APAC region to embark on a journey that will undoubtedly transform countries in the region by putting the energy transition at the center of the future sustainable era.

With the consolidation, Vestas aims to allocate resources most efficiently to execute across manufacturing, construction and service without compromising on safety or quality. More specifically, this includes leveraging competencies across the Greater Asia region even better than today, especially at our technology and manufacturing hubs in Tianjin, China and Chennai, India. China will thus continue to play a pivotal role in Vestas’ global setup, serving markets across Asia and the rest of the world. To reflect the complexity and importance of our footprint in China, Vestas will furthermore sustain a dedicated management team focusing on China. The current President of China, Thomas Keller, will become Chief Financial Officer of Vestas Latin America. The integration planning for the entire Region will commence today, while both regions will run independently to ensure business as usual until fully consolidated on 1 January 2022.

European Commission Doubles Down On Renewables To Remedy High Energy Prices

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The European Commission has presented a toolbox to guide EU Member States on how to deal with the current high gas and electricity prices. The toolbox aims to protect vulnerable consumers and reduce Europe’s future exposure to the sort of prices we see today. To that end the Commission are clear that Europe needs to accelerate the expansion of renewables – because renewables are the key to affordable energy. The Commission are also clear that Europe needs to simplify the permitting rules and procedures for renewables. The Commission will issue guidance next year to help Member States deliver that.

Electricity prices have been on the rise in recent weeks, reaching record levels in many EU countries. The main reason is high gas prices, resulting from the uptake of economic activity post-Covid and supply side constraints. Experts warn that a cold winter could further spur the surge in gas and electricity prices.

To help Governments tackle the high prices, the European Commission today presented a toolbox of immediate policy measures Member States can take to protect vulnerable consumers and businesses. The toolbox also includes measures to ensure the medium and long-term resilience of the EU electricity system.

The short-term measures in the toolbox include tax reductions on electricity, temporary support mechanisms against energy poverty and power cuts and the creation of a European “energy poverty coordination group”.

In the medium term the toolbox aims to step up investments in renewables and energy efficiency. Crucially for the expansion of wind energy, the Commission commits to issue guidance to Member States in 2022 on how they can simplify and accelerate permitting processes for renewable energy projects. Slow and complex permitting is the main bottleneck for the expansion of renewables today. The Commission also encourages Member States to accelerate renewable energy auctions, develop additional electricity storage capacity and invest in cross-border electricity grids.

“With its new toolbox the Commission is doubling down on renewables as the key to stable electricity prices. Spot on – Europe needs to reduce its dependence on imported fossil fuels and exposure to volatile gas prices. And it’s good the Commission recognise that slow and complex permitting is the main barrier to the rapid expansion of renewables. And excellent that they’ve announced they’re going to issue guidance on how to simplify permitting processes”, says WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson.

A well-functioning and integrated EU energy market is key to the successful transition to a renewables-based energy system. In today’s Communication the Commission defended the functioning of the current EU energy market design. The Commission stressed that Europe’s transition to renewables will reduce its dependence on volatile prices for oil, gas and coal and fossil fuel imports. This will have a position impact on Europe’s industrial competitiveness, the Commission argues.

“It’s good the Commission have stepped in to protect businesses and low-income households from high energy prices. And that they’ve stressed the important role of wind energy in ensuring low electricity bills. Wind is one of the cheapest forms of electricity production in Europe”, says Giles Dickson.

RES SAS to Get 16 Turbines from Vensys for 24 MW Farm in France

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RES SAS has ordered 16 turbines from Vensys for the 24 MW repowering of the Souleilla-Corbieres wind farm in southern France. The deal is for gearless Vensys62 1.5MW machines with 49-metre hub heights. Vensys and RES have signed a 20-year service agreement.

Souleilla-Corbieres currently has a capacity of 20.8 MW and features 16 Siemens 1.3 MW turbines.

RES SAS managing director Jean-Francois Petit said “As part of its ambitious repowering strategy, RES is proud to initiate this first project on its historic site of Souleilla-Corbieres, the first wind farm to be built by RES in 2001.

Thanks to the expertise of RES’ teams and the innovative and tailor- made solutions of Vensys, we are looking forward to renewing this wind farm for the next 25 years, he added.

“We are delighted that RES, a company with a strong engineering and technical background, has been convinced by our know-how and technology. We look forward to working closely with RES and to delivering our first repowering wind farm in France,” said Vensys chief executive Jurgen Rinck.

GE Renewable Received Order From JSW Energy To Supply Wind Turbines For Their Projects In India

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  • GE to supply wind turbines for 810 MW of JSW Energy’s ongoing projects in India
  • JSW selected GE’s 2.7-132 onshore wind turbine, a model primarily designed and manufactured in India, ideally suited for the country
  • These machines will produce enough green energy to meet annual electricity requirements for ~2.1 million households in India*

GE Renewable Energy has received an order from JSW Energy, one of India’s leading power companies, to supply 810 MW of onshore wind turbines for their upcoming wind farms in Tamil Nadu, India. The turbines will produce enough green energy to meet the annual electricity requirements of more than 2.1 million households in the country.

JSW Energy is currently implementing ~ 2 GW of wind farms in India and has chosen GE to supply the wind turbines for 810 MW of these projects while JSW will use its construction expertise to develop the wind farms. GE will also develop bespoke solutions and trainings to enable JSW teams gain operation and maintenance expertise to operate the wind turbines in the long-term. The supply of the turbines will start by the second quarter of 2022 and be completed by the first quarter of 2023.

JSW Energy selected GE’s 2.7 MW model assembled at GE Renewable Energy’s multi-modal site in Pune. Blades will be provided by LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy business, from its Indian factory in Halol, Gujrat. This turbine was designed primarily at GE’s Technology Centre in Bangalore and is ideally suited for Tamil Nadu’s wind speed regime.

Prashant Jain, Joint Managing Director and CEO of JSW Energy, said: “We are proud to partner with GE, a high-tech industrial company, to contribute to India’s renewable energy goals. Our company has set a target to reach 20 GW of power generation capacity by 2030, by when the share of green and renewable energy projects will increase to 85% of the total portfolio. The under-construction project is our first large scale wind power project. We look forward to working with GE to achieve our energy transition and growth targets.”

Sheri Hickok, CEO of GE Renewable Energy’s Onshore Wind International business, said: “We are extremely honored to have been selected by JSW Energy for this amazing project. It will be a unique partnership where both the companies will leverage their respective strengths to deliver a competitive levelized cost of energy. Together, we are aiming at enabling the energy transition in India, helping the country to achieve its renewable energy targets.”

With a persistent focus on decarbonization and round-the-clock power, the Indian energy landscape is undergoing a significant positive transformation. India is making great strides towards renewable energy generation and has committed to install 175 GW renewable energy by 2022 and more than double its non-fossil fuel target to 450 GW by 2030. The country has already achieved a milestone 100 GW of installed renewable energy capacity, as of September 2021. Presently, India stands at 4th position in the world in terms of installed renewable energy capacity, 5th in Solar and 4th in Wind energy capacity.1

GE Renewable Energy is committed to enable the energy transition by supporting the work of its customers. As part of that responsibility, the business is focused on supplying and maintaining a global fleet of renewable energy assets, helping reduce the cost of renewable energy, ensuring grid resiliency, efficiency, and reliability, and making renewable energy function in a more dispatchable fashion. GE Renewable Energy also supports the energy transition by pursuing a strategy that reflects a commitment to sustainable, circular design.

(*Based upon India’s per capita energy consumption as of 2020: 1208 kWh)

GE Renewable’s Haliade-X Prototype Started Its Operation At 14MW In Netherlands

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  • GE’s Haliade-X prototype is now running at 14 MW
  • The Haliade-X 14 MW can produce up to 74 GWh* of gross annual energy production and is an uprated version of the Haliade-X 13 MW
  • GE Renewable Energy was the first industry player to start operating an offshore wind turbine in the 12 MW and above category back in November 2019

GE Renewable Energy announced today that its Haliade-X prototype in Rotterdam, a port city in the Netherlands, has started operating at 14 MW. With this new milestone, GE Renewable Energy becomes the first industry player to operate a turbine at this power output.

The Haliade-X 14 MW is an uprated version of the Haliade-X 13 MW, which received its type certification in January 2021. The GE Renewable Energy team has now officially started certification measurements on the Haliade-X 14 MW. One turbine can generate up to 74 GWh* of gross annual energy production, saving up to 52,000 metric tons of C02, which is the equivalent of the emissions generated by 11,000 vehicles** in one year.

Vincent Schellings, Chief Technology Officer, GE Renewable Energy Offshore Wind, said: “We’re pleased to announce that the Haliade-X prototype is the first turbine in the industry to successfully run at 14 MW. When we first commissioned our Haliade-X prototype in November 2019 at 12 MW, we made a big leap forward in the industry. Over the past two years we have learned a lot about operating and optimizing the performance of our Haliade-X platform, enabling us to uprate the Haliade-X platform to 14 MW today.”

The ability to produce more power from a single turbine means fewer turbines need to be installed at each wind farm. In addition to less capital expenditure, this also simplifies operations and maintenance, improving the affordability and accessibility of renewable energy for customers and consumers around the world.

The Haliade-X 14 MW will make its commercial debut at the Dogger Bank C offshore wind farm, which is located over 130 km off the north-east coast of England and, together with Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B, is due to become the largest offshore wind farm in the world upon completion. GE Renewable Energy will provide 87 units of the Haliade-X 14 MW for Dogger Bank C.

GE Renewable Energy is committed to enable the energy transition. As part of that responsibility, the business is focused on supplying and maintaining a global fleet of renewable energy assets, helping reduce the cost of renewable energy, ensuring grid resiliency, efficiency, and reliability, and making renewable energy function in a more dispatchable fashion. GE Renewable Energy also supports the energy transition by pursuing a strategy that reflects a commitment to sustainable, circular design.

* Gross performance based on wind conditions on a typical German North Sea site
** According to EPA Greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator

Statkraft Acquires 346 MW Wind Portfolio in Germany and France

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Wind farm in Navarre, Spain at sunset. Renewable energy concept.

Norwegian renewable energy producer Statkraft has acquired the German and French wind power portfolio with an installed capacity of 346 MW from Breeze Three Energy.

This includes 39 wind farms across Germany and 4 wind farms in France.

The acquisition marks the market entry as an owner of a wind farm portfolio in Germany and France and is in line with Statkraft’s strategy to ramp up as a wind and solar developer and become one of the leading renewable energy companies globally.

In Germany, the company has gained an installed capacity of 311 MW with wind farms with a total of 187 turbines and in France, the acquired portfolio has a total capacity of 35 MW from 16 wind turbines.

The age of the German wind farms varies between 13 and 22 years and the age of the French wind farms varies between 13 and 14 years.

Statkraft said that the deal marks its market entry as an owner of a wind farm portfolio in the two countries.

“The acquisition further strengthens our role as a key renewables player in Europe and gives us the ability to further grow our portfolio in Germany and France,” says EVP European Wind and Solar Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal.

“With our solid experience in developing, managing, operating and marketing renewable assets, Statkraft is the right owner of the acquired wind farms to continue optimising operations and to bring part of the portfolio into lifetime extension,” she added.

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