German renewables firm targets UK solar rollout

German renewable energy company juwi is to build solar power plants in Birmingham after saying that the UK has finally jumped “on the bandwagon on the way to renewable energies”. […]

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By Kelvin Ross

German renewable energy company juwi is to build solar power plants in Birmingham after saying that the UK has finally jumped “on the bandwagon on the way to renewable energies”.

juwi Renewable Energies wants to establish solar projects in the UK that will cover the entire PV process, from acquisition of suitable land to completion of the power plant.

It will also act as the general contractor for the design, engineering and construction of free field and rooftop solar installations.

“The UK currently provides excellent conditions for the solar industry; the country is becoming an attractive European market,” said Lars Falck, head of juwi Sola and managing director of juwi UK.

“We are happy that the United Kingdom jumps on the bandwagon on the way to renewable energies and a comprehensive restructuring of the energy supply,” he added. “We want to contribute to a further acceleration of this train so that we reach 100% renewable energies as soon as possible.”

Initially, juwi intends to hire around 60 UK staff until the end of 2012, but plans greater expansion “if the conditions remain positive”.

As well as solar, juwi, which is headquartered in Wörrstadt, deals in wind power and bioenergy.