Wörrstadt, Germany The company has also announced a move into service and maintenance as well as repowering, while asserting its continuing focus on onshore projects.
“We focus on the great and economic potential of onshore wind energy – also in the area of repowering – and enter into new attractive markets,” said managing director Dr Frank Finzel.
But he expressed reservations about wind projects that are far offshore, as strengthening energy groups’ monopolies and bringing additional costs.
“Wind energy in the inland is already competitive to conventionally generated power, and still offers immense potential,” he said.
Italy, Chile, Uruguay and South Africa have joined the firm’s overseas markets this year, although Costa Rica, France, Poland, the US and Germany remain important, says the company.
From the headquarters in Wörrstadt Albrecht a team of 60 covers the operation management of more than 500 renewable energy plants worldwide – predominantly wind turbine facilities.
In Costa Rica the Guanacaste Wind Farm with 55 900 kW turbines was inaugurated at the start of 2010. A 15.3 MW wind farm near the capital San José is also now under way. In France juwi Wind has realized eight wind farms with a total output of about 75 MW. In Poland the company recently embarked on its first project, setting up three 1.5 MW turbines in Stypulow, in the windy southwest of the country. The US is home to the firm’s largest wind project, the Flat Water 60 MW wind farm in Nebraska.
But Germany remains a key market, with 300 plants projected with a total output of 500 MW. The firm has also announced the upcoming installation of Germany’s most powerful onshore turbine – the 200 metre tall Enercon E 126 – at an established site in Schneebergerhof in Rhineland-Palatinate.
Dr Marie-Luise Pörtner, second managing director, said that such projects show “immense potential in repowering for the increase of energy yields and for the acceptance of wind energy”.