In the presence of a range guests – including customers, suppliers and the British Photovoltaic Association – juwi Renewable Energies Limited officially inaugurated its new office in the UK.
Juwi Renewable Energies Limited, a UK arm of one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies officially inaugurated its new office located on the outskirts of Birmingham at Blythe Valley Park. Founded in 1996 by Matthias Willenbacher and Fred Jung, the company has grown from a two man office to a worldwide company with more than 1,700 employees and sales of over £840m. juwi has completed more than 1,500 Solar PV schemes worldwide with an output of around 920MW, among them rooftops and ground mounted plants across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Exemplary projects include a 70MW plant at Lieberose and a 40MW plant near Leipzig as well as a 7.5MW rooftop scheme at Goodyear Dunlop’s logistics centre in Philipsburg.
Amidst the green and leafy scenery of Blythe Valley Park, the company celebrated with around 40 guests, amongst them Mark Littlewood, Managing Director KL Technologies; Reza Shaybani, Chairman of BPVA. Lars Falck, the global CEO of the Germany based juwi Solar GmbH, arrived for this auspicious occasion. He said: "Today it is an honour and a great pleasure for me to welcome you, and together with you witness not only the inauguration of our small office - Indeed it is our extraordinary privilege to witness something much bigger going on. Now, renewable energy will not only be sustainable. It will also be cheaper than any other source of power. And it will be abundant.”
juwi is committed to the UK market, having invested in excess of £1 million in the last 18 months, and is a passionate and active member of the flourishing solar PV industry. In the UK, juwi focuses solely on large and medium scale Solar PV projects.Jan Sisson used the occasion to publicise juwi’s latest success. He announced: “We have recently signed a contract with KL Technologies to deliver a 1.33 MW solar park for their textile and ceramics production facility in Kings Lynn, which will green the energy supply to the plant, as well as providing greater predictability for their energy costs into the future.“
juwi’s small and enthusiastic UK team is made up of experienced energy professionals from a number of disciplines and with a range of skills ranging from acquisition, construction, project management to HR and administration. In the UK juwi is steadily expanding its presence and has now moved to larger premises on the Blythe Valley Business Park and is planning to recruit additional staff including Project Managers and specialists (graduates) in construction and electrical engineering. Jan Sisson confirmed: “If the conditions remain that positive, we will create a large number of sustainable jobs in the UK. At the moment, we plan to hire approximately 20 people until the end of 2012."