We are supplementing our long-standing core expertise with new skills.
Stefan Kansy (Head of New Construction Projects at EnBW): EnBW Baltic 1 was the first commercial offshore wind farm in Germany to be placed into operation. The offshore wind farm EnBW Baltic 2 – which was completed in 2015 – surpassed EnBW Baltic 1 in all dimensions. The planning and logistical challenges faced in the construction of our third offshore wind farm project EnBW Hohe See/Albatros were even higher: Each of the 87 wind turbines is three times larger than the ones at Baltic 1, the turbines are located 100 km from the coast in the North Sea instead of 16 km out in the Baltic Sea and the total capacity of Hohe See/Albatros is twelve times that of Baltic 1. This clearly illustrates how dynamically the skills at EnBW have developed in the project planning for large offshore wind farms.
Thorsten Jörß (Head of Project Development for Photovoltaics): A large EnBW team ranging from technicians and purchasers through to lawyers participates in the development and implementation of a solar park project. That makes agile working models essential. We are constantly searching for new PV sites across Germany throughout the year. If the regional conditions are favourable, we begin the detailed planning work. However, we can only implement our plans if we are successful in the corresponding EEG auction. And we all work together to achieve this goal.
Rico Goede (EnBW Local Authority Consultant): Citizens today want to be a part of the Energiewende. At the same time, our customers and the local authorities are still concerned about their own autarchy. Involving mayors and town councils in the planning process at an early stage helps to gain acceptance for the project amongst citizens and thus secure the long-term success of the project. This is why our relationship management department accompanies the process of political decision-making at the local level from the very beginning. At the same time, we also examine the local PV market at an early stage of the planning.
Armin Reitze (Mayor of Leibertingen): The municipality of Leibertingen wanted to make its contribution to pushing forward the Energiewende. EnBW discussed our proposals with us and implemented them to our satisfaction. The new solar power plants barely disturb anybody here. Photovoltaic plants are only permitted on certain sites such as on land with a low agricultural yield. There are many sites of this type in the Swabian Alb region. And the impact on nature due to soil sealing is limited.
The majority of the bonds that we issue on the market in future will be green bonds.