Octopus Energy opens seven new wind farms across Europe

Wind farms

Octopus Energy’s generation arm – which manages £6 billion of renewable assets and energy translation projects globally – has successfully opened seven new onshore wind farms across Europe since 2022.

These new wind farms – with a combined capacity of 250MW – are located in the UK, Germany, Sweden, France and Poland. They’re the latest renewables projects where Octopus Energy Generation has managed construction.

Combined, they generate enough green energy every year to power around 250,000 homes, or make 22 billion cups of tea. They avoid around 270,000 tonnes of carbon emissions – the same as planting 1.3 million trees or removing 150,000 petrol cars from the road every year.

Octopus Energy Generation manages 3.2GW of renewables. And by 2030, the company is targeting 20GW of European green generation projects, enough power for 15 million homes, boosting the continent’s energy security and reducing consumers’ bills.

Onshore wind is a key part of Europe’s energy security strategy, as the European Union recently outlined its ambitions to more than double Europe’s wind capacity.

This also comes as Octopus gears up to take its innovative world-first ‘Fan Club’ model global, to provide people with cheaper energy when it’s windy.

Zoisa North-Bond, CEO of Octopus Energy Generation, says, “It’s brilliant to see this flurry of wind farms we’ve built across Europe start generating clean power – and we’ve got big plans to invest in lots more.

“New green energy is absolutely essential to accelerate our shift to a renewables-first economy and wean ourselves off expensive fossil fuels. To make sure this energy crisis is the very last one, we can build our way out through cheap green power.”

The seven onshore wind energy farms that Octopus Energy has brought online since 2022:

  • Scotland, UK: The 50MW Cumberhead wind farm is managed by Octopus on behalf of Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust (ORIT). All 12 wind turbines were completed in March 2023. There is a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in place with Kimberly-Clark, the manufacturer of well-loved household products Andrex, Kleenex and Huggies, to supply around 80% of their UK electrical power needs.
  • Germany: Octopus acquired the 22.4MW Biebelnheim-Gabsheim wind farm located in Wörrstadt near Frankfurt last year from renewables developer JUWI and wiwi consult, on behalf of the Sky fund (ORI SCSp), which is now generating. Its four turbines are 241m tall, higher than London’s Gherkin building or Cologne’s Cathedral.
  • France: The Berceronne 9MW wind farm became operational in July 2022, and the Cerisou 24MW wind farm, which Octopus manages on behalf of ORIT, became operational in November 2022.
  • Sweden: Octopus Energy Generation has a 49% stake in the 86MW Rodene wind farm, which is now generating. There’s a PPA in place to export the energy to France-based Faurecia, a company of FORVIA Group, the world’s 7th largest automotive tech company.
  • Poland: The Krzecin 19MW wind farm and the Kuslin 40MW wind farm are both managed by Octopus on behalf of ORIT. Krezcin completed in February 2022 and Kuslin in at the end of 2022.

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