BayWa r.e. opens control centre for APAC region

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As the number of its wind and solar energy projects in the Asia Pacific region continues to grow, BayWa r.e. has decided to open a new central control room in Bangkok, Thailand.

The company says it is currently overseeing 5,190 MW of renewable power, which is set to rise by a further 220 MW as more projects come online in Asia and Australia at the end of the year.

“We will be closer to the operators, service technicians, grid operators and their third parties, enabling us to provide better maintenance, shorten our reaction time and improve analysis to achieve the very best performance for our customers’ solar and wind plants,” Marc Niem, Managing Director of BayWa r.e. Operation Services GmbH, commented.

The developer entered the Australian market in September 2016 with the acquisition of project developer and wholesaler Solarmatrix.

Last July, the company sold its first project on the Australian continent – the 20 MW Hughenden solar plant, located in Queensland, to Lighthouse Infrastructure, an Australian specialist in infrastructure investments. It described the transaction “as one of the fastest solar sales and a very positive sign of expansion in Australia“.

The expansion with new offices in Australia took place in July this year.

“We entered the market here two years ago and this year are set to build over 132 MW of solar energy and 14 MW of wind energy to Australian homes and businesses. In addition, our solar distribution business is helping PV installers to deliver smaller-scale schemes across the country,” Daniel Gäfke, Managing Director of BayWa r.e. Solar Pte Ltd., said at the opening of the Melbourne office.

BayWa r.e. is also helping businesses cut emissions and tackle rising energy costs, such as in the case of major Australian brewer Cartlon United Breweries, which signed a 12-year PPA with BayWa r.e. to purchase 74,000 MWh a year from the 112 MW Karadoc solar farm in Mildura.

As a global renewable energy developer, service supplier, wholesaler and energy solutions provider, BayWa r.e. has offices in 20 countries around the world. According to the company statistics, it has successfully brought more than 2,000 MW of renewable projects online and currently manages over 5,000 MW of global renewable energy assets for businesses and investors.