The ABO Wind group has achieved a good result in the first half of 2021. The half-year report is available online in German. At 6.5 million euros, the net profit is slightly above the same period last year (6.3 million euros). For the full year 2021, the Managing Board expects to exceed the good result of 2020 (13.1 million euros). Six countries mainly contributed to the group’s revenues of 61.7 million euros in the first half of 2021 (first half of 2020: 59.3 million euros): Germany, Finland, France, Spain, Greece, and Ireland.
From now on, ABO Wind intends to commission very large energy parks at its own risk regularly. “It is all the more valuable for us to now gain this experience in Finland and Spain,” says Managing Director Dr. Karsten Schlageter. The project developer is currently working on wind and solar farms and battery storage facilities with a total capacity of nearly 16.8 gigawatts globally. “In the past six months, we have succeeded in expanding our pipeline by almost two gigawatts, despite the restrictions imposed by the pandemic,” Schlageter emphasizes.
In the past half-year, ABO Wind has made progress in many countries. This includes the first conclusion of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for a 20-megawatt solar project in Colombia and a 20-megawatt wind farm in Poland. ABO Wind has not yet commissioned any projects in either country. “In Greece we are already one step further,” says Managing Director Schlageter. “We sold our first two Greek solar projects with a combined 45 megawatts on a turnkey basis after commissioning at the beginning of 2021 and have since already started building the next projects.” In Margariti in north-western Greece, ABO Wind is now building five solar parks, each with a capacity of 10 megawatts, as well as a joint substation. Commissioning is scheduled for 2022.
The developer is also making progress in its particularly important home market of Germany. South of Berlin, ABO Wind is constructing the “Dreieck Spreeau” wind farm with eight Vestas V150 turbines. This means that the 2016 “Uckley” project is growing into a wind field of 18 wind turbines with a total output of 66.4 megawatts. Close to the site of the Tesla factory in Grünheide, this is the largest domestic ABO Wind project to date. When selecting the location for a new factory, one factor for Tesla had been that as much renewable electricity as possible would be generated in the region.
As in the previous year, ABO Wind also won tariffs in 2021 for three photovoltaic plants supplemented with battery storage units in innovation tenders organized by the Federal Network Agency. Construction of the first ABO Wind hybrid project will begin this autumn in Wahlheim, Rhineland-Palatinate. “With battery storage systems, we have already significantly widened our range as a project developer,” says Schlageter. “In addition, we are working on combining renewable energies with the production of hydrogen in Germany and other countries.” Green hydrogen is expected to play a significant role in the global decarbonization of industry and logistics in the future.
Author: KS / Source: ABO Wind