Renewables are the future
innogy has taken on the task of proactively shaping and leading the energy transition. We are already producing green energy at various locations around the world. Together with local project developers, communities and citizens, we are working to increase renewable energy production worldwide.
„Renewables are the growth drivers at innogy.“Hans Bünting, COO innogy Renewables
Growing market for solar power
Interest in solar energy is rising
In Germany over 1.6 million photovoltaic modules were installed in 2017, which already covered 7.2 percent of the electricity demand. Photovoltaic power has the greatest growth potential among renewable energies – after all, the sun shines everywhere.
By acquiring Belectric Solar & Battery at the beginning of 2017, innogy took a major step towards further expanding its capacities in the future market of power generation. With an installed capacity of 349 MW, we are currently building Australia's largest solar power plant. But we are also active in the rest of the world: we are constantly expanding our solar portfolio with projects in Canada, Germany, The Netherlands and many other countries.
The world’s largest onshore wind farm
Zuidwester Wind Farm is one of the most powerful plants of its kind
Zuidwester in the west of the Netherlands is a wind farm of superlatives. This farm directly on the Ijsselmeer, which innogy completed at the beginning of 2017, boasts the largest onshore facilities in the world at present. Each one of the 12 turbines replaces 50 turbines from the eighties. The new turbines are not only more efficient, but also significantly quieter than the older ones. The crucial factor: limited ground resources are utilised more efficiently due to the large scale, since the wind conditions are better higher up. At the top, a strong breeze blows for over 3,500 hours per year. The new plants have been running since the beginning of 2017 and provide climate-friendly electricity, which is sufficient to supply around 80,000 households every year.
We promote structural change
We erect wind farms in many reclaimed opencast mining areas. The sites do not only turn green again and provide a natural habitat for nature, but they also become a symbol of structural change. Like our windfarms at Koenigshovener Hoehe and Juechen.
Benefit as a community
A windfarm for the community provides:
- Tax and rental income
- Sustainable electricity
- Opportunity for Sustainability Funds in the region
innogy has been awarded the partner label „Fair Wind Power Thuringia“. This is because we involve the local population early on and inform them. We offer land owners fair and transparent contracts.
We rely on local partners
We plan and realise wind farms with municipalities, communities and local wind developers all over the world.
Job engine renewables
New jobs are created by the development of renewable energies in the following areas:
- Operation and plant maintenance
- Research and development of new technologies
- Between 2016 and 2017, employment grew by 71 per cent in innogy’s renewable energy segment
Wind power as an overall concept
To us wind is more than just a source of energy: Our wind power systems produce green electricity. We use it to power electromobility or smart street lighting. Our objective: a holistic and sustainable energy world.