SWM orders wind farm in Sweden

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Stadtwerke München (SWM) has ordered a 144-MW wind farm from the Swedish company Nordisk Vindkraft, which is a subsidiary of the RES Group. It will be built about 500 km north of Stockholm, between the towns of Umeå and Sundsvall. The wind farm will consist of 48 Siemens wind turbines with a capacity of 3 MW. Construction is planned to begin this summer. It should be completed in spring 2015.

As part of its "Renewable Energies Expansion Campaign", SWM intends to produce enough green electricity using its own plants to cover Munich's entire energy requirements (7.5 billion kWh / year) by 2025. The wind farm in Sweden is another important step towards this goal. With this project and others, which have already been initiated and implemented, SWM will increase their green electricity generation to 2.8 billion kWh / year.

Florian Bieberbach, Chairman of the SWM Board of Directors, says: "We are delighted to have an experienced and reputable partner at our side with Nordisk Vindkraft in Sweden. We would have been glad to realise such a project in Germany. Unfortunately, there is still a high degree of uncertainty for investors here. For example, the decision on future subsidisation rates for new renewable energy plants has been repeatedly postponed by the Federal Government. SWM will continue to invest in neighbouring countries until things become clearer here."

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