23 March 2012
juwi Holding AG
juwi moves forward: Office opened in Cape Town
- In the presence of a range guests juwi Renewable Energies officially inaugurated its new office in South Africa
Cape Town - How could the future of South Africa look with renewable energies? One answer to this question was provided last Thursday by the project developer juwi: As the company shows, renewable energies lure new foreign investments to the country, create jobs and provide for a secure and sustainable energy supply. In the evening, juwi Renewable Energies (Pty) Ltd officially inaugurated its new office in Cape Town. Jochen Magerfleisch, the COO of the Germany-based juwi group, said: \"100 per cent renewable energy generation – that is our mission. We are aiming at accomplishing this mission with, and for, the people and we are now proud to do so in South Africa. Renewable resources like the wind and the sun are free of charge, quite soon they will enable many people to have access to cost-effective electricity. At the same time renewables contribute actively to climate protection.\"
The new office in Cape Town was urgently needed since the company is developing fast. Starting just one year ago with only one full-time employee, juwi now has a team of 17 employees working on projects in South Africa. Martin Görner and Christof van den Bruck, the two Managing Directors, emphasised in their speeches that the new office showcases the success of juwi Renewable Energies.
Martin Görner said: \"It is always interesting to see how fast new markets can grow if the support from the local entities is handled the right way. Here in South Africa we expect a sustainable market for PV especially taking into consideration that we are very close to reach grid parity\".
juwi is looking forward to a bright future. Christof van den Bruck said: \"Over here we are doing both, greenfield development and services as an EPC contractor. The prospects in South Africa are promising. We are very proud to be part of the growth of renewable energies in South Africa.\"
juwi Renewable Energies (Pty) Ltd
juwi Renewable Energies (Pty) Ltd is a subsidiary of the juwi group and was established just one year ago in Stellenbosch. At the beginning of February, juwi South Africa moved to the heart of Cape Town. Our rapid growth has been encouraging with several projects awarded in the first year. juwi Renewable Energies is a full-service partner in all aspects of project development. We plan, finance, construct, and operate renewable energy power plants with a particular focus on the wind and solar energy sector in South Africa. Our vision is that of 100 % clean energy, security of supply, and independence from energy imports. Our network of international investors and a proven track-record across the globe are some of the keys to our success.
The juwi group
juwi is one of the world’s leading specialists for renewable energies with a strong international focus. Our goal: 100 per cent renewable energies. Our impetus: Work together to implement renewable energies economically and reliably with passion. From site selection to planning, construction and financing, up to management – juwi is the competent partner for the energy transition with an international focus.
Besides solar, wind and bio energy, our group company activities include hydropower and geothermal energy as well as Green Buildings and E-mobility. juwi was founded in 1996 by Matthias Willenbacher and Fred Jung in Rhineland-Palatinate. Today, the company employs more than 1,700 people in 15 countries and had an annual turnover of more than a billion Euro in 2011.
To date, juwi has constructed around 525 wind turbines with an output of around 920 megawatts; and, in the solar sector, more than 1,500 solar power plants with a total output of around 950 megawatts. These plants generate approx. 3.5 billion kilowatt hours of green energy each year; which corresponds to the annual power consumption of approx. one million households. For the realization of these projects juwi has initiated an investment of more than four billion Euro.
juwi is one of Germany’s best and most sought-after employers. In 2011, the company was among the Top 20 (in the category 501 to 2,000 employees) in the renowned competition organized by the \"Great Place to Work Institute\". The juwi group has offices in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, Bulgaria, Great Britain, India, Singapore, South Africa, Chile, the USA and Costa Rica.
Cape Town, March 2012
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