BayWa r.e. Joins ScotWind Floating Wind Consortium

BayWa r.e. has signed an exclusive agreement to join the existing consortium of Ideol and Elicio to prepare a joint bid for Crown Estate Scotland’s ScotWind tender.

With this new partnership, BayWa r.e. is said to bring significant project development and asset management skills and presence in Scotland to strengthen the existing consortium established between Ideol and Elicio in October 2019.

Paul de la Guérivière, CEO of Ideol, said: ”With this consortium, we bring together a unique array of corporate and individual capability; we believe that our respective track-records and experience of project delivery in offshore wind, wind project development in Scotland and locally constructible floating wind expertise render our joint efforts particularly credible and we are confident we can demonstrate clear and significant positive local economic impacts.”

Floating wind specialist Ideol has previously worked on two full-scale floating wind turbines operating in France and Japan since 2018, as well as a 30 MW pre-commercial EolMed floating wind project which is in the final consenting phase.

Elicio owns stakes in Norther, Rentel, and SeaMade wind farms in the Belgian North Sea.

BayWa r.e. has installed more than 3 GW of wind and solar projects worldwide, is the operator of a further 8.3 GW and its development portfolio includes +12 GW globally. The company has been operating in the UK renewable energy sector since 2010, and now has 138 employees across the UK, 77 of whom are based in Scotland.

Matthias Taft, CEO of BayWa r.e., said: “Our commitment to growing in the Scottish onshore wind market is clear after our first decade of project realisation. We now look forward to moving into Scottish offshore waters in the next decade and creating further jobs and value for the local supply chain.”

Crown Estate Scotland launched the ScotWind leasing round in June.

Photo: Ideol