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Intro: Who are we?

Our team would like to welcome you to our new blog / hub, where we aim to share a greater insight into our company’s core, competence, and activities. We’ll discuss all things renewables, keeping you up to date on our global projects, impact and evolving mission.

Join us whilst we ride the wave of the solar-coaster.

Let’s start with the fundamentals of all things WIRSOL.

The WIRCON group was founded back in 2013, since then it’s grown to have the following subsidiaries across the globe: WIRCON GmbH (Germany), WIRSOL Energy Ltd. (UK), and WIRSOL Energy Pty Ltd. (Australia). The German office based in Waghäusel, opened in 2010, 2014 saw the UK opening in Arundel, in the heart of the beautiful Sussex Downs, and our most recent venture, which came in March 2017, is our Australian office; based along Manly Beach, a popular suburb of Sydney, widely recognised as Australia’s Solar hub.

So, who are we? Let’s delve in deeper.

WIRSOL Energy, is a global operator specialising in the development, construction and operation of photovoltaic (PV) solar projects across Europe and now one of the largest integrated renewable energy developers / owners in Australia (SERA, a Rysted Energy Company, 2018). We strongly base our accomplishments on our adaptability and competence to react in alignment with the ever-changing market conditions, whilst employing knowledgeable and forward-thinking individuals who are at the core of the business and support us in building long-lasting success.

We are proud of the partnerships we have built across all sectors of the business, from investment banking to EPC contractors, PPA providers, and developers. Collectively, these partnerships have made the UK non-subsidised solar journey possible, whilst helping us on our mission to construct and connect 1 gigawatt of solar energy in Australia by 2022, along with further deployment across Europe. To understand the true extent of our mission, this goal will provide clean renewable energy to an incredible 400,000 homes annually for the next generation.

We have achieved many significant milestones to date, with our most recent ground-breaking contributions to the renewable energy industry outlined below;

  • The proposed pioneering  Cleve Hill Solar Park,located along the Kent coast, UK. This scheme will be the largest solar park in Europe and will be the first solar park to be classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP), where no government subsidies are required. A final planning decision is not expected to be made by the Secretary of State until 2019-2020;
  • We are the majority owners to Gannawarra Solar Farm which is amongst the largest solar farms in Victoria, Australia, with an installed capacity of 60 megawatt-peak;
  • Gannawarra Energy Storage System, the first combined solar and storage facility in Victoria, Australia. The retrofitted 25MW/50MWh Tesla Battery Powerpack consists of 400 units and has created approximately 20-25 jobs during its construction. It currently holds the title as the largest solar-storage facility in Australia and amongst the largest worldwide.
Figure 1: Gannawarra Energy Storage System | Victoria | Australia

 

Combining our UK and Australian projects*, WIRSOL to date has constructed and connected circa. 600MW. Each year this produces over 1,000,000MWh of energy, and powers approximately 180,000 homes, along with saving a staggering 1,000,000 tonnes of CO2. These figures will only increase as our pipeline projects commence construction, all serving towards a clean energy future.

You may ask why Solar? And why now?

We are currently locked in with global temperatures set to rise by 2% until 2040 – this is something sadly we cannot change. However, what we do now can change what happens for our future, and our families’ future. WIRSOL are trying to combat the fight against climate change and solar energy / the reduction of CO2 emissions can positively impact the outlook of our future.

Knowledge bomb – it takes just one day to get enough generation from the sun to power the whole world for one year! This incredible figure outlines the very reason why we at WIRSOL are dedicated to harvesting the energy produced by a clean, natural and reliable source; the sun.

The consequences of not switching to clean renewable energy are clear and heavily documented in today’s media. Worldwide temperatures will rise, mass migration will take place, plant and animal species will become extinct, not to mention the devastating effects on our own health.

We embark on projects that will implement positive action to power our future, using our advanced knowledge and industry expertise. We seek to actively contribute towards the prevention and protection of the Earth’s climate, whilst benefiting local communities along the way.

Continue to follow our story and join us on this platform where we’ll be sharing our key movements, looking into the latest topics discussed on a national and international scale, whilst tapping into a wealth of knowledge via our exciting interview feature with industry experts!

Stay-in-the-know. Stay-tuned.

Thanks for being here.

Team WEL

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