Siemens Gamesa’s wind turbines to power Google data centre in Sweden

Source: press release, 7 November 2019

Projekt Nordlys, another SGRE and Prime Capital project in Scandinavia
Projekt Nordlys, another SGRE and Prime Capital project in Scandinavia (photo: Prime Capital AG)

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has secured an order to supply the Stavro project, its largest ever onshore wind order in Sweden. The 62 turbines with a 4.1 MW rating built by SGRE will power Google’s data centre with clean energy, as well as Holmen’s local paper and board business.

Stavro is located in the northern part of Sweden, northwest of Umeå, and divided into two sub-sites: Blodrotberget, with 40 turbines, and Blackfjället, with 22 turbines, for a total installed capacity of 254 MW. Commissioning of the wind farm is scheduled for the end of 2021 and the project will be covered by a 30-year service agreement also delivered by SGRE. The grid connection, comprised of engineering, civil works, installation and commissioning of the two 150/33 kV sub-sites, will be provided by Siemens Gas and Power.

The project is realised by German Asset Manager Prime Capital AG on behalf of an international consortium comprising Korean institutional investors, German Pension Fund Nordrheinische Ärzteversorgung and Siemens Financial Services, whose financial expertise and proven wind investment experience was key to successfully making Stavro a reality.

“The Scandinavian market continues to show its great potential for wind power and increasing demand for renewable energy as it strives to reach climate neutrality by 2050. The project will facilitate Holmen’s transition to 100% renewables consumed in its business and meet part of the fast-growing demand for electricity of Google’s European datacenters,” says Alfonso Faubel, Siemens Gamesa’s Onshore Business Unit CEO, and adds, “Projects like Stavro illustrate how we in Siemens Gamesa drive the transformation towards renewables through strong, long-term relationships where we are constantly working to offer innovation, technology and solutions tailored to the needs of the individual customer.”

The project is the second large scale transaction of this kind that Prime Capital has commercialised and built in the last 2 years and is representative of a strategy it will launch in a fund format in the first half of 2020, enabling access to a broader range of institutional investors.

“Scandinavian wind is at the core of our current renewable energy strategy, as we can leverage on both a unique competitive advantage in sourcing and realising projects and very favourable market conditions for investing. Our close collaboration with SGRE has enabled us to source the project early and to add value through a full-scope commercialisation process. This strategy, in a market benefitting from one of the world’s best wind resources and the ability to realise large-scale projects, increases overall profitability and risk-adjusted returns for our investors,” says Andreas Kalusche, CEO of Prime Capital.

The order was signed in Q4 of fiscal year 2019.