Bremen, 13 December 2022 - SDAX-listed Energiekontor AG (ISIN DE0005313506), one of Germany's leading project developers and operators of wind and solar farms, has received a positive notice via a so-called Planning Deviation Procedurefor another and, hence, fourth solar farm project in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The solar project in the city of Marlow will have a generation capacity of 45 MWp. Energiekontor already received a positive notice for three solar park projects in the region with a generation capacity of around 130 MWp in mid-October 2022. This brings the total generation capacity of all four projects to around 175 MWp. Energiekontor is thus actively driving forward the energy transition in Germany. At the same time, the company is successfully implementing the further technological diversification of its project pipeline into onshore wind and solar as planned. The total generation capacity of the four solar park projects in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania alone exceeds the generation capacity of the projects realised by Energiekontor in the solar sector since the company was founded by more than a factor of two.
"We are pleased that, as pioneers of the energy transition, we are now also one of the first companies in Germany to realise four large-scale solar park projects via the so-called planning deviation procedure," says Peter Szabo, CEO of Energiekontor AG. "The start has been made, now we hope to save time and effort from positive learning effects on both sides in future planning deviation procedures to be able to realize future projects even more quickly. We have already started with the further realisation of the four existing solar park projects. We want them to be fully operational as soon as possible so that they can then actively contribute to the energy transition," Szabo continues.
With the now four solar park projects in Dettmannsdorf and Marlow, in the district of Western Pomerania-Rügen, approx. 110,000 tonnes of CO2 can be saved per year from the first full year of operation and arithmetically supply around 54,000 households per year with green electricity. Construction of the projects is scheduled to begin in 2023. Commissioning is planned for the end of 2024.
The solar parks will provide the municipality of Dettmannsdorf and the town of Marlow with a total annual six-figure share of the yield through the municipal participation regulated in the EEG. These funds are directly available to the municipalities' budgets. In addition, the owners of the land will give part of their annual income to non-profit organisations so that the municipalities and the region will also benefit from the solar park. Further income will flow to the municipalities through trade tax. In addition to the monetary benefits, a viewing tower for interested visitors is to be built at each of the solar parks and an electric charging station is to be set up in the community of Dettmannsdorf and the town of Marlow. Energiekontor AG remains the operator.
The expansion of renewables in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is making progress
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania aims to cover the entire energy demand of the state for electricity, heat and mobility with renewable energies by 2035. The further expansion of solar energy plays a special role in this. The planning deviation procedure therefore offers the opportunity to accelerate the expansion of renewable energies in the region.
Municipalities welcome approvals
The respective municipalities also welcome the positive notice and are pleased that the solar park projects can now go into implementation as planned. Through the municipal participation, the municipality of Dettmannsdorf and the city of Marlow will benefit financially from the proceeds in the future and the leasing of land also offers the region additional opportunities now and in the future.
About Energiekontor AG:
A solid business policy and a lot of experience in renewable energies: This is what Energiekontor has stood for more than 30 years. Founded in Bremerhaven in 1990, the Company is one of the pioneers in the industry and is now one of Germany's leading project developers. Its core business ranges from the planning and construction to the operational management of wind and solar parks in Germany and abroad. In addition, Energiekontor operates wind and solar parks with a nominal output of around 370 megawatts in its own portfolio. Energiekontor AG also aims to play a pioneering role in economic terms and to realise the first wind and solar parks in all target markets at market prices as quickly as possible, independently of state subsidies.
In addition to its headquarters in Bremen, Energiekontor has offices in Bremerhaven, Hagen im Bremischen, Aachen, Augsburg, Bernau bei Berlin, Potsdam, Berlin-Spandau and Hildesheim. The company also has offices in England (Leeds), Scotland (Edinburgh, Glasgow), Portugal (Lisbon), USA (Houston/Texas and Rapid City/South Dakota) and France (Toulouse, Rouen).
The proud track record since the Company was founded: 138 realised wind farms and 14 solar farms with a total output of well over 1.2 gigawatts. This corresponds to an investment volume of approx. 1.8 billion euros.
Energiekontor AG (WKN 531350/ISIN DE0005313506/General Standard) is listed on the SDAX of the German Stock Exchange in Frankfurt and can be traded on all German stock exchanges.
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