RWE, the UK’s largest power generator and one of the largest renewables developers, has significantly expanded its solar and battery capabilities by acquiring JBM Solar, a large independent developer of solar and battery storage systems. With this acquisition RWE reaffirms its UK strategy by continuing to grow and to diversify its UK portfolio by adding further solar and battery projects.
We are already well positioned in offshore and onshore wind in the UK. Now we are significantly strengthening our renewables business by adding this already very advanced solar and battery pipeline. The combined development pipeline, one of the largest in the UK, provides tremendous opportunities for sustainable and value accretive growth. The first projects could be delivering electricity as early as next year. I'm very pleased to welcome our new colleagues from JBM Solar and to jointly driving forward the green expansion of RWE in the UK. Katja Wünschel, CEO Onshore Wind and Solar Europe & Australia of RWE Renewables
With the acquisition of JBM Solar, RWE takes over a mature pipeline with a combined capacity of around 6.1 gigawatts (GWac), split into 3.8 GWac of solar and 2.3 GWac of battery storage projects. Most of the projects are in the central and southern regions of England and a large proportion already have grid connections and land secured. A number of projects are ready for final investment decision and have secured the necessary planning approvals from the relevant authorities. This means that the first solar and battery storage projects could be operational as early as end of 2024. It is expected that on average about 450 megawatts (MWac) per year will be commissioned.
The UK is expected to see significant growth in solar and batteries, with the government targeting a five-fold increase in solar capacity over the next 13 years – from 14 GW today to 70 GW in 2035. The government also has ambitious goals for the expansion of battery storage: its capacity is expected to more than quadruple within four years – from 1.5 GW today to 6.5 GW in 2026.
The JBM Solar business comes with a team of around 30 professionals with extensive and long-standing experience in the solar sector. Headquartered in London and founded in 2012, the team has expertise across the entire development process from land acquisition to construction readiness. JBM Solar was acquired from London-based renewables investor Susgen.
The acquisition underpins RWE’s ambition to rigorously drive the expansion of its renewables business in the United Kingdom, one of RWE’s core markets. RWE is a leading global player in renewables and expects to invest more than €50 billion gross by 2030 to grow its green core business internationally, with around £15 billion earmarked for the UK.
RWE already has a strong footprint in UK wind power, with a combined capacity of more than 2.6 GW (RWE pro-rata) consisting of 10 offshore and 33 onshore wind farms in operation. With further offshore wind projects under construction or development and plans to establish commercial scale floating wind farms including in the Celtic Sea, RWE has one of the largest offshore wind pipelines in the UK. The company is a key partner in helping the UK Government achieve its target of increasing the UK offshore wind capacity to 50 GW by 2030. In the area of onshore wind power, RWE also intends to grow its development and operating projects.
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