May 17, 2020

Ikea Buys Wind Farm & Installs Solar Panels in U.K.

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Ikea Group buys a wind farm in Scotland and plans to install 39,000 solar panels in the U.K. to meet its 100 percent renewable energy target
In its efforts to get all of its energy from 100 percent renewable energy sources, Ikea Group—the worlds largest home furniture retailer—ha...

In its efforts to get all of its energy from 100 percent renewable energy sources, Ikea Group—the world’s largest home furniture retailer—has bought a wind farm in Scotland.  The company also plans to invest in the installation of 39,000 solar panels on its U.K. stores. 

Ikea purchased a 12.3-megawatt wind farm from Good Energies Capital Inc.  The wind farm is located in Huntly, Scotland and provides enough energy to power 30 percent of Ikea’s U.K. electricity use. 

The company will further install 2.1 megawatts worth of solar panels atop 10 of its U.K. stores.  The panels will provide five percent of each store’s power needs.  The solar panels are being purchased from China’s GS Solar Fujian Co. for a total of 4 million pounds ($6.5 million). 

Ikea already owns several wind farms throughout Denmark, France, and Germany.  As part of its U.K. renewable development plan, Ikea is planning to utilize the country’s feed-in tariffs and renewable obligation certificates to further meet its target. 

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Ikea currently derives 50 percent of its energy from renewable sources, including the green energy it purchases. 

“The direction of travel for us is 100 percent renewable,” said Ikea’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard, adding that no deadline has yet been set. “We’re likely to hit 70 to 80 percent by 2015. We’ve built up sufficient experience in the area to be more confident in the timeline, so we will set a timeline in the next few regions.”

 

Ikea’s renewable energy portfolio currently includes 67 wind turbines accounting for 127 megawatts of installed capacity. “The wind turbines in the U.K. are a first step, and we’ll expand on that,” Howard adds. “This is a message to developers out there that we’re looking for good projects in the right places, and we’re keen to diversify in terms of the regions.”

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Jun 14, 2021

W3 Energy signs technical operations contract with Luxcara

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W3 Energy and Luxcara sign technical operations contract ahead of Global Wind Day tomorrow and new study showing Poland leading Europe's growth

W3 Energy has signed a contract with Luxcara for onsite technical operations management for the Önusberget wind farm, which is Europe's largest single onshore wind farm. 

The wind farm, located outside of Piteå in northern Sweden, plans to have 137 wind turbines on full installation, with an expected capacity of more than 750 MW.

W3 Energy will be responsible for onsite technical operations management and local accounting services as well as operation and maintenance of the electrical infrastructure and transformer stations.

"This contract strengthens our position as a key player in onsite technical operations management. The Önusberget wind farm is the largest single-site wind power project in Europe and we are proud that Luxcara gives us the trust to support with the operational management of their investment", says W3 Energy's COO André Sjöström.

"The contract with Luxcara is extremely important to us and means that we take a firm grip on our home region. This contract allows us to continue to grow and we plan to continue to recruit in Piteå, Umeå, and Skellefteå."

The new contract with Luxcara means that W3 Energy manages approximately 15% of the renewable energy produced in Sweden and lays the foundation for continuing to build growth in other regions.

"Luxcara is an internationally respected asset manager in renewable energy, with high-quality investment criteria and a strong focus on diversity and sustainability. We share their view on sustainability, with a strong focus on environmental as well as social and ethical aspects", stated W3 Energy's CEO Pär Dunder.

Its past engagement with W3 combined with their track record from other large projects and their local experience were decisive factors for choosing W3 Energy, according to Philip Sander, Managing Director of Luxcara.

Global Wind Day will be held tomorrow (June 15), to promote wind's potential to reshape our energy systems, decarbonise economies and boost jobs and economic growth.

Onshore wind is now the cheapest form of new power generation in most of Europe, and offshore wind is not far behind with costs having fallen over 60% in three years, according to WindEurope.

Adrian Timbus, ETIPWind Chairman, said: “Wind energy can help electrify 75% of Europe’s energy demand and thereby deliver climate neutrality by 2050. But we must prioritise the development of the necessary technologies: next generation onshore and offshore turbines, electrification solutions for transport and for industry, and electrolysers for renewable hydrogen.”


Poland leads Europe's wind growth

Poland saw Europe's biggest increase in wind turbine energy production between 2000 and 2018, according to a Save on Energy study, and produced the fourteenth highest percentage of electricity by wind power overall in 2018. 

Czechia has seen second highest percentage increase in electricity production generated by wind power. Despite having the second lowest proportion of electricity generated by wind power in 2018, the country previously produced the lowest percentage overall in 2000, so it has still seen a significant increase in wind turbine energy production over the years.

France has the third largest increase in wind turbine energy production throughout the period studied, with electricity production generated by wind power increasing from 0.009% in 2000, to 4.9% in 2018, while neighbouring Belgium experienced the fourth highest increase in wind energy production, with almost 10% of electricity produced being generated by wind power in 2018, compared to 0.02% in 2000.

Although Ukraine boasted the lowest percentage of electricity produced by wind turbines in 2018 (0.7%), the country had the fifth largest percentage increase since 2000, since only 0.003% of electricity production was generated by wind turbines.

By comparison, Denmark, Luxembourg and Spain each ranked as having the lowest percentage increases when it came to the percentage of electricity production generated by wind turbines between 2000 and 2018, and they lag considerably behind other European nations.

The EU wants wind to account for 50% of the continent's electricity by 2050. The Romanian Wind Energy Association recently launched a Code of Good Practice for renewable energy.

Top 10 countries in Europe for wind growth

1. Poland
2. Czechia
3. France
4. Belgium
5. Ukraine
6. Turkey
7. Norway
8. Austria
9. UK
10. Finland 

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