By the end of 2015 there were 1.119 wind power plants in Austria with a total capacity of 2408.6 MW and environmentally friendly electricity for more than 1.5 million households. This represents 40 percent of all Austrian households. In 2016 the new phase of expansion of wind power will continue to go, then that will be around 70 wind turbines with more than 240 megawatts of new capacity will be added. The Austrian wind industry will therefore invest around 400 million euros in just one year and make a lasting impetus for a clean energy future.
The investment per wind turbine is between 4 and Euro 6 million, depending on the performance of the wind turbine and cost of the necessary infrastructure. Slightly more than half of the wind turbines is owned by utility companies. The rest is owned by companies, which are predominantly in the private ownership.
Forecasted growth of wind power:
Currently around 62 terawatt hours (TWh 1 = 1 billion kilowatt-hours) consumed electricity in Austria annually. The end of 2015 presented windmills a production potential of 5.5 TWh willing or 8.7 percent of domestic electricity demand. By 2020, wind power could already cover 13.5 percent of the electricity demand. If by 2030 around 100 wind turbines to be built per year, wind power can cover 24 percent of the country’s electricity needs.
Regional distribution of wind turbines end of 2015:
Installers and operators of wind turbines will therefore continue to grow in the future. This growth needs to be financed. However, there are alternatives to the balance sheet growth with loans and bonds, namely the off-balance sheet growth. Under a tailored investment structure, we support you and find for you the right ways. Did we make you curious? Also see the solutions from our partner company FRC – Finance & Risk.
About the author, Heinz Hofstaetter – Over 20 years of international experience in senior management positions in the areas of consulting, banking, finance, asset management, valuation and Real Assets.