Juwi to build renewables in Chile and South Africa

Renewable energy developer juwi has established subsidaries in South Africa and Chile as it prepares investments in wind and solar power.

“South Africa is at the beginning of a great development as the country offers great potential for renewable energies,” says Marie-Luise Pörtner, managing director of juwi Wind GmbH. “We want to establish juwi as a project developer with comprehensive services, who supervises projects throughout the entire development process – from acquisition to planning, financing, construction, operation and management.”

Activities in South Africa, initially focused on wind energy, will be coordinated from the office in Stellenbosch, located about 50km from Cape Town.

In Chile, the company has created the subsidiary juwi Energías Renovables de Chile Limitada in Santiago.

“Chile offers excellent wind conditions. In addition, it has great potential for solar power,” says Alejandro Lobo-Guerrero Rodríguez, managing director of project development Latin America. “Furthermore, Chile is a country with stable political conditions that is open to renewable energies.”

In South Africa, juwi hopes to build 200MW to 300MW of wind by 2020. It cites excellent wind conditions, large tracts of suitable land, legal and government support and a guaranteed feed-in tariff as top reasons for venturing into the market.

South Africa has plans to build 4.5GW of wind by 2019.

“The government follows a comprehensive energy strategy that combines different renewable energy sources,” says Michael Böhm, managing director of juwi Renewable Energies (Pty) Ltd. “That matches what juwi offers as we are active in all areas of renewable energy. In the longer term, we plan to construct solar projects in South Africa as well.”

In Chile, juwi is working on acquiring existing wind projects, as well as initiating new ones.

Wind measurements in the north of the country are set to begin soon.

The company has already working as a project developer for two research projects in the Atacama desert. Two solar plants with a total output of 6kW were installed in Antofagasta and in San Pedro de Atacama in 2010. The plants use polycrystalline as well as mono crystalline modules and were constructed in cooperation with the Centre for the Development of Energy based at the University of Antofagasta.

juwi Solar has donated the plants and part of the produced energy to the University of Antafogasta. The output of the second solar power plant is delivered free of charge to a school in San Pedro de Atacama.