SGRE Powers Google in Sweden
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has secured an order to supply its turbines for a 254MW wind farm in Sweden that will power Google (GOOGL)’s Hamina data centre in Finland.
The Stavro wind farm, SGRE's largest ever onshore wind order in Sweden, will use 62 turbines with a 4.1MW rating. It is expected online by the end of 2021.
Stavro is located in the northern part of Sweden, northwest of Umeå, and divided into two sub-sites: Blodrotberget, with 40 turbines, and Blackfjället, with 22 turbines.
Commissioning of the wind farm is scheduled for the end of 2021 and the project will be covered by a 30-year service agreement also delivered by SGRE. The grid connection, comprised of engineering, civil works, installation and commissioning of the two 150/33 kV sub-sites, will be provided by Siemens Gas and Power.
The project is realized by German Asset Manager Prime Capital AG on behalf of an international consortium comprising Korean institutional investors, German Pension Fund Nordrheinische Ärzteversorgung and Siemens Financial Services, whose financial expertise and proven wind investment experience was key to successfully making Stavro a reality.
“The Scandinavian market continues to show its great potential for wind power and increasing demand for renewable energy as it strives to reach climate neutrality by 2050. The project will facilitate Holmen’s transition to 100% renewables consumed in its business and meet part of the fast-growing demand for electricity of Google’s European data centers,” said Alfonso Faubel, Siemens Gamesa’s Onshore Business Unit CEO.
He added: “Projects like Stavro illustrate how we in Siemens Gamesa drive the transformation towards renewables through strong, long-term relationships where we are constantly working to offer innovation, technology and solutions tailored to the needs of the individual customer.”
The project is the second large scale transaction of this kind that Prime Capital has commercialized and built in the last two years and is representative of a strategy it will launch in a fund format in the first half of 2020, enabling access to a broader range of institutional investors.
“Scandinavian wind is at the core of our current renewable energy strategy, as we can leverage on both a unique competitive advantage in sourcing and realizing projects and very favorable market conditions for investing. Our close collaboration with SGRE has enabled us to source the project early and to add value through a full-scope commercialization process. This strategy, in a market benefiting from one of the world’s best wind resources and the ability to realize large-scale projects, increases overall profitability and risk-adjusted returns for our investors,” said Andreas Kalusche, CEO for Prime Capital.