Energiekontor’s Withernwick II Wind Farm becomes the first “subsidy free” wind farm in the UK

In May 2018 Energiekontor UK reached financial close on its Withernwick II wind farm in the East Riding of Yorkshire. This project is believed to be the first UK wind farm to be financed without the requirement of government subsidies or support mechanisms. Previously land based wind farms had access to a number of government initiatives to encourage renewable energy deployment. The last UK program for wind farms above 5MW “Contracts for Difference” (CfD) was closed to onshore wind in 2015.

Since this time Energiekontor UK has endeavored to find a “route to market” by working with our stakeholders and power off takers so that permitted developments may be realised. As a result the Withernwick ll project has been fully funded solely with the projected revenues from a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with one of the UK’s leading companies supplying consumer goods. At completion of the wind farm build the company will be supplied with renewable energy from the site, secured by the long term PPA contract.

Withernwick ll is an 8.2 MW extension to the existing Energiekontor wind farm built in 2013. Senvion will supply four MM92 turbines with project finance structured by German lender NORD/LB Norddeutsche Landesbank. Civil Engineering Company Cheetham Hill Construction will start the construction in June 2018. The site scheduled to be commissioned in early 2019.

Peter Szabo, CEO of Energiekontor AG, said “We congratulate our team in the UK on this outstanding success. Our extensive experience and reputation as a trusted partner in the UK market, has once again persuaded a large industrial partner to sign a PPA. The financial close of the Withernwick II project, the UK’s first profitable wind farm under pure market conditions, shows that our strategy to reduce costs by improving efficiency is bearing fruit. It also underlines our pioneering role in the quest to realise wind farms and solar parks with a lower levelized cost of electricity than fossil and nuclear alternatives. It is our most important contribution to our vision of a society whose electricity needs are fully covered by renewable energy.”

Energiekontor AG was formed in 1990 in Bremerhaven Germany. The group has built over 117 wind farms across several European countries and has UK development offices in Glasgow and Leeds.

Hyndburn Wind Farm Infill Extension

Energiekontor is delighted that Hyndburn Borough Council has approved an application for a further four infill wind turbines at Haslingden Moor. The decision followed support for the proposal from a number of residents and community groups. Haslingdon Moor represents a great site for renewable energy with the existing wind farm performing well above the national average capacity factor. The further four infill turbines seek to further utilise the wind resource to create clean green renewable energy on the site enabling electricity production for the equivalent of 25,600 homes annually, this can be provided for without extending the envelope of the existing wind farm.

The proposal also includes a comprehensive mitigation package which will continue the enhancement of the moor, building on work which was undertaken for the original wind farm. As part of the application process, Natural England has acknowledged this and stated the proposal will provide ‘significant enhancement of other areas of moor which both mitigate and enhance the overall restoration’. The restoration of the moor has been a success and the rewetting has enhanced the vegetation of the moor and the upland grass area. There has also been an increase year on year in the number of birds using the moor and the upland area, which is real testament to the quality of the habitat enhancement scheme provided by the wind farm.

Hyndburn Infill Extension Photomontage

Financial Close reached on Gayton Le Marsh Wind Farm

Energiekontor is pleased to announce that the financing phase of the Gayton Le Marsh Wind Farm project is now complete and construction of the Wind Farm commenced on 24 September 2014.

Four more projects enter the planning phase

We’ve had a busy start to the second quarter of 2014 as our development team have submitted applications for four new projects in England, totalling up to nearly 44MW, or 19 turbines. The projects are listed below: (Click on the project name to visit the dedicated project website)

Fen Lane Wind Farm: Seven turbines near Fulstow, Lincolnshire.

Asserby Wind Farm: Four turbines near Alford, Lincolnshire.

Hyndburn Wind Farm extension: Four turbine extension near Accrington, Lancashire.

Withernwick Wind Farm extension: Four turbine extension near Withernwick, East Riding of Yorkshire

Energiekontor plan to submit one more application towards the end of 2014. Register on this website to be kept up to date with more news across all of our projects in construction and development, or visit a project website for news relating to that site.

Young Farmers visit Withernwick Wind Farm

Skirlaugh Young Farmers visited Withernwick Wind Farm on Thursday 5 June. Energiekontor provided a talk on various aspects of the Wind Farm operation and the 20 strong group were shown around various aspects of the operational Site, fortunately for all concerned the weather held and the visit was enjoyed by all.

Financial Close reached on Lilbourne Wind Farm

Energiekontor is pleased to announce that a senior debt funding package has been put in place for the construction of the wind farm. Financial close for the transaction was achieved on 18 February 2014.

The funding package, includes a commercial loan being provided by NORD/LB and a term loan from KfW Bankengruppe, the German development bank which has a lending program for clean energy. The funds will be used for the construction of Lilbourne Wind Farm which is expected to begin operating in December 2014. The construction of five Senvion MM100 turbines is planned with a total output of 10.00 MW. The balance of plant contract has been placed with CA Blackwell.

The project is located in agricultural land North and South of Yelvertoft Road and will consist of 5 turbines with an installed generating capacity of 10.0MW (Senvion MM100 turbines). The Lilbourne Wind Farm commenced construction in April 2014 following the discharge of pre-commencement planning conditions. The wind farm will be constructed by our main contractor C A Blackwell Ltd, who are civil engineers with specialisms in the remediation, geotechnical and earthmoving sectors, based in Wakefield in West Yorkshire. The wind turbine components are scheduled to be delivered in October 2014 with energisation of the wind farm being in December 2014.

Peter Harrison, Regional Director, Energiekontor UK Limited, commented:
“Since acquiring the project in summer 2013 we are delighted to have been able to project finance this transaction in such a short period of time. The closing of the Lilbourne project represents another important step forward in Energiekontor's UK portfolio. It also underlines the benefits offered by the Nord/LB KfW finance structure. The project has also provided another opportunity for Energiekontor to collaborate with both Senvion and CA Blackwell as we continue to develop the UK portfolio"

The company’s UK Director Guy Wilson added:
“This is a real milestone achievement for our UK team based in Leeds, to acquire and project finance the scheme in just over six months. Whist growing our own organic portfolio Energiekontor is very much in the market to purchase consented sites in the UK and we are eager to acquire further projects in 2014."