Realizing, Operating, Optimizing: juwi Adds New Elements to Construction and Operation of Utility-Scale Solar Parks
German energy specialist remains one of the leading international project developers and EPC providers / Self-developed juwi Energy Data Manager optimizes yields for juwi O&M customers / Company presents itself at Intersolar trade fair in Munich
From Millard County in Utah/USA to the city of Prieska in South Africa and Hirono in the north of Japan: Wörrstadt based juwi group is currently constructing utility-scale PV power plants all around the globe. With its subsidiaries in the US, South Africa, Singapore and Japan, the company is participating in the dynamic growth in these markets and so remains one of the leading international project developers in the solar sector. In the field of technical operations the experts for renewable energies also point the way to the future: daughter company juwi Operations and Maintenance GmbH (juwi O&M) developed and successfully established the juwi Energy-Data-Manager as a cross-technology real-time management platform. The system increases the technical uptime and thus the energy yields of juwi operated power plants – good news for all juwi O&M customers.
"Solar PV has already become a serious competitor to conventional energy sources and will prospectively be even more competitive", explains juwi-COO and PV expert Stephan Hansen. "In many regions sun power is already cheaper than electricity from coal or gas. For that reason the demand for solar power is globally increasing. juwi has subsidiaries in all booming PV markets, is currently realizing numerous projects there and has a well-filled pipeline for the upcoming years."
Globally sought-after EPC provider
The largest single solar project in the company’s history is currently being built by juwi South Africa. Near the city of Prieska in the Northern Cape Province the subsidiary has started construction of a 86 megawatt (MW) solar park for the Independent Power Producer Sonnedix. It is scheduled to be connected to the grid in Q3 2016.
Also by the end of this year Pavant solar park in Utah/USA will go into operation. Each year the 62.5 MW utility-scale solar park is going to produce electricity for more than 12,000 US households - climate-friendly and cost effective. For a period of 20 years the generated electricity is purchased by an US utility.
juwi is successfully working on the energy turnaround In Asia as well: in the north of Japan juwi Shizen Energy, an international joint venture between juwi and Shizen Energy Inc., is currently building a 25 megawatt utility-scale solar park close to the city of Hirono, 600 kilometers north of Tokyo.
Stephan Hansen: "Not just Japan, but the entire APAC-region has an enormous potential for cost effective solar power and has consequently become the global powerhouse for solar PV. So far, juwi has realized more than 380 MW in Asia Pacific and we plan to execute twice this capacity within the next two years."
Experienced plant operator
In its state-of-the-art Remote Control Center (RCC) juwi daughter Operations and Maintenance GmbH monitors wind and solar power plants with a total capacity of more than 1,700 megawatts – globally, 24/7 and 365 days a year. In order to maximize yields for its customers, the company operates with a global network of reliable service partners and continuously optimizes its service portfolio. Here the company relies on the self-developed juwi Energy-Data-Manager (EDM). The high-tech concept expands and improves existing remote monitoring systems by providing real-time data. As a result the technical availability of the plant can be increased as well as the yields of the plants. juwi already manages 600 megawatts of its plant capacity with the EDM. The remaining capacity follows step-by-step. The interim result impresses: juwi was able to tweak availability and yields of the plants by more than one percent. That’s good news for all juwi O&M customers.
About the juwi group
juwi is one of the world’s leading companies in the area of renewable energy with a strong regional presence. The company offers project development and EPC services as well as products and solutions for the energy turnaround. Company activities are mainly projects with solar and wind.
Matthias Willenbacher and Fred Jung established the juwi group in 1996 in Rhineland-Palatinate. For almost 20 years, both energy pioneers have been active as Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of the juwi group. Since the end of 2014, Mannheim based utility MVV Energie AG has been co-owner and partner of the juwi-group. juwi has about 1,000 employees worldwide, branches on all continents and is actively engaged in various projects all over the globe. Working together with passion to implement renewable energy economically and reliably is what drives us.
So far, juwi has realized around 800 wind turbines with a total capacity of approx. 1,750 megawatts at more than 100 sites. In the solar segment, more than 1,500 projects with a total capacity of around 1,400 megawatts have been designed and constructed. Combined, these energy systems produce around six billion kilowatt hours of clean energy per year, equalling the annual demand of around 1.5 million German households. Within the past 18 years, juwi has initiated an investment volume of around six billion euros to realize these projects.
Felix Wächter, Press Officer
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