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16 April 2024

A mobile educational exposition powered by Ignitis Renewables starts its journey across Lithuania

On the eve of national Energy Day in Lithuania, a specialised educational platform dedicated to informing the public about renewable energy starts its journey across Lithuania...

15 April 2024

Ignitis Renewables is participating in the second Lithuanian offshore wind tender

Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, is participating in the tender of the second 700 megawatt (MW) Lithuanian offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea. The company has submitted the necessary documents and the bid to the National Energy Regulatory Council (NERC), which is organising the tender.

The decision to participate in the second tender is driven by the change in the project implementation schedule. Under the terms of the tender, the project will have to be implemented within 8 years. This means that the investment schedule will potentially not coincide with the implementation of the first Lithuanian offshore wind farm project, which, in the event of a successful tender, will make it financially feasible to successfully implement both projects.

Ignitis Renewables is capable of participating in this tender on its own since the company has won the rights to develop offshore wind projects in Lithuania and Estonia, which satisfy the tender qualification requirements. “Our long-term strategy is to develop projects with reliable and experienced partners, and if we win the tender, we will immediately start the partner selection process,” says Thierry Aelens, CEO at Ignitis Renewables.

He highlighted that the company is pursuing Ignitis Group’s goal to increase its green generation capacity 4 times, from the current 1.3 to 4–5 gigawatts (GW). The pursuit of this ambitious goal does not change the company’s offshore wind development strategy, and the development of wind farms at the Baltic Sea will continue to play a major role in it.

In 2023, Ignitis Renewables and its partner, Ocean Winds, were successful in the first 700 MW Lithuanian offshore wind tender. Currently, the project has already received a permit to use a part of the maritime area for the development and operation of renewable energy capacities. Additionally, the company, together with its partner, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), were successful in two Estonian tenders for developing offshore wind projects in the Baltic Sea, territories Liivi 1 and Liivi 2.

Successful development of wind farms in the Baltic Sea is a very significant step towards regional energy independence. Thanks to such projects, a significant increase in local electricity production from renewable energy sources will diminish the dependence on electricity imports, promote the region’s transition to a sustainable green energy hub and contribute to the plans to turn the Baltic States into energy exporters to Central Europe.

11 April 2024

The future of Ignitis Renewables’ green offshore wind energy: a thriving and protected Baltic Sea

Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, demonstrates its commitment to the environment and a more sustainable future. By joining the expedition Save the Baltic Sea, the company has added another important measure to its list of environmental initiatives. The company is actively involved in a wide range of educational activities to raise awareness of environmental issues in the region and to encourage business and society to become more involved in addressing them. As an important step towards green energy, this is another way to ensure that the turbines of the first offshore wind farm in Lithuania, which will be built by Ignitis Renewables, will operate for many years in the clean and vibrant Baltic Sea.

“By joining the expedition, we aim not only to showcase the beauty of the Baltic Sea, but also to remind everyone that, no matter where we live or what we do, we are all responsible for the health of the Baltic Sea. The Save the Baltic Sea team believes that by joining forces we can contribute to the preservation of the Baltic Sea ecosystems. We support this initiative too, with green energy projects that promote change in the renewable energy sector in our region. In this way, we can contribute to the decarbonisation of the energy sector, the development of renewable energy sources, the development and application of innovative solutions, sustainable growth and public education,” says Agnė Lukoševičienė, environmental expert at Ignitis Renewables, who is responsible for the offshore wind project.

According to her, in order to reduce the negative impacts on the Baltic Sea, it is first necessary to understand the scale of the problem and to target measures according to their impact on the ecosystem. The expert is convinced that the state of the Baltic Sea can be significantly improved through research, impact assessment, a better understanding of the ecosystem, prioritisation of threats, and introduction of appropriate measures.

“We need to change everyone’s habits at all levels: business, national and regional. The Baltic Sea is a place where many interests – tourism, fishing, shipping, resource extraction, defence, energy and more – intersect. And all of these activities need to be carried out in an environmentally friendly manner. The more people understand how our actions affect the marine environment, the easier it will be to bring about change,” says the environmental expert.

The aim is to educate the public and inspire people to make changes

According to A. Lukoševičienė, the most important mission of the expedition Save the Baltic Sea is to spread knowledge, educate the public and inspire people to bring about changes. The expert points out that many people in the Baltic Sea region do not even realise the extent of the environmental problems affecting the sea, their causes and the long-term impact on the ecology and economy.

“By raising awareness, we can empower society to make the necessary changes: to review consumption habits, to recycle more carefully, to reduce the inflow of nutrients into the sea by reviewing crops fertilization practices and manage wastewater more responsibly, or, for example, to promote the development of renewable energy in the region, which will not only contribute to climate change mitigation goals, but also to the improvement of biodiversity state in the Baltic Sea,” says the environmental expert at Ignitis Renewables.

The Baltic Sea, with its unique ecosystem, is a recreational destination and a source of livelihood for all the countries around it. According to A. Lukoševičienė, the Baltic Sea has recently faced a number of challenges – pollution, eutrophication, habitat degradation and others – that have exacerbated both the environmental problems and the problems of society groups that depend on the Baltic Sea economically.

“Meeting these challenges properly requires a concerted effort from everyone. Raising environmental awareness, integrating sustainability into development decisions, transforming the energy sector, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and promoting renewable energy are all necessary to meet both international and national climate change targets,” comments the expert.

The offshore wind farm is a step towards clean energy

The offshore wind farm being developed by Ignitis Renewables is an important step towards clean energy. Lithuania will become the first Baltic state to generate electricity from offshore wind. A. Lukoševičienė notes that the construction of offshore wind turbines entails a great responsibility to educate the public about the project. The company is committed to raising topical issues related to the development of this type of project and thus stimulating public debate.

“Our goal is not just energy production. We aim to strike a balance between clean energy production and environmental protection, to raise awareness of the benefits of offshore wind energy for the country and the Baltic region as a whole,” emphasises the company’s representative.

A. Lukoševičienė says that even if there are no mandatory environmental procedures, in all countries where Ignitis Renewables operates, local experts are involved in the development of the projects, offering their recommendations on how the company can contribute to the environmental status of the area being developed. Preparations for the construction of the first offshore wind farm are also being carried out in a very responsible manner, with an environmental impact assessment covering not only national requirements but also international best practices.

“Actions and initiatives that promote an environmentally responsible business model undoubtedly contribute to maintaining a clean and vibrant environment. By sharing best practices and their results, we encourage others to find a balance between business and nature in their activities,” comments the environmental expert.

The environmental impact of power plants is carefully assessed

A. Lukoševičienė notes that Ignitis Renewables takes a responsible approach to the impact of its activities on nature and assesses its dependence on natural resources. The company is also aware of the fragility of the balance of nature and the potentially significant losses that could be caused by disturbing it. According to the expert, restoring resources can be costly, difficult, and sometimes impossible.

“Our aim is not only to reduce our impact on the environment, but also to contribute to improving the state of nature. For example, in solar farms, we monitor flora and fauna. We leave part of the area for natural vegetation, and we do not enclose the parks with impenetrable fences so that animals can move freely. Under the right conditions, we provide feeding and resting places for birds of prey,” says the expert, listing specific measures to reduce the environmental impact of Ignitis Renewables facilities.

According to her, a lot of attention is paid to birds in the development of wind farms, and there is close cooperation with ornithologists. The impact of the farm is assessed not only before the wind turbines are put into operation, but also after they are operational. Additional mitigation measures are put in place when problem areas are identified.

“This could include shutting down turbines or reducing the number of turbines in operation on key bird migration days. Even after applying these solutions additional monitoring is carried out for one year,” says the environmental expert, adding that the operations of Ignitis Renewables wind farms are also aligned with the life cycle of bats by limiting the lighting of the farms and avoiding white light.

Ignitis Renewables operates within the environmentally responsible business model of Ignitis Group, with key environmental objectives written into the Group’s strategy and plan. Ignitis Group is strengthening its contribution to the decarbonisation of Europe and to energy security in the region. The company plans to achieve a zero GHG emissions balance by 2040–2050 and to increase its green generation capacity to 4–5 gigawatts (GW) by 2030.

25 March 2024

Ignitis Renewables concluded financing agreement with EIB and NIB for its Pomerania wind farm 

International green energy company Ignitis Renewables has signed a limited recourse project financing agreement of EUR 82 million with the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) for its 94 megawatt (MW) Pomerania wind farm in Poland.

This financing arrangement involves contributions from two lending partners, with the EIB providing EUR 52 million and the NIB offering EUR 30 million. Through this new project finance loan, Ignitis Renewables is replacing corporate financing secured from the EIB and NIB on 10 March 2020 and 14 October 2020, respectively. SEB will take the role of agent, security agent and account bank in this transaction. 

“We’re immensely thankful for the steadfast collaboration with the EIB and NIB, as their backing is fundamental to the success of our renewable energy projects. At Ignitis Group, we’re at the forefront of driving green energy transition in the Baltic region and Poland, aiming for a future powered entirely by sustainable energy. This ambitious vision hinges on the support from key European financial institutions,” says Ignitis Group CFO Jonas Rimavičius. 

Pomerania wind farm is located in the Pomeranian Voivodship in Poland and produces roughly 300 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of renewable electricity per year. The project reached commercial operations in December of 2021. 

15 March 2024

Silesia wind farm I in Poland has reached commercial operation date

The Silesia wind farm I in Poland, developed by international green energy company Ignitis Renewables, has reached the start of commercial operation, bringing Ignitis Renewables closer to the company’s green production targets. With the development of the new projects, the company is advancing the target of Ignitis Group to enable green and flexible capacity build-out and to deliver 4–5 gigawatts (GW) of installed green generation capacities by 2030.

“We are strongly committed to our purpose to create a 100% green and secure energy ecosystem for current and future generations in our region. This is why we are investing more than ever in renewable energy projects in the Baltics and Poland,” says Darius Maikštėnas, CEO of Ignitis Group.

The project is located in south-western Poland, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, near the border with Czech Republic. It consists of 14 wind turbines with a capacity of 3.6 megawatts (MW) each. The 50 MW park is estimated to generate around 122 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of clean renewable energy per year, enough to power around 30,000 households in Poland.

With the start of commercial operation of the Silesia wind farm I, the total installed capacity of Ignitis Group’s green generation reached 1.4 GW (up from 1.3 GW). The total investment in this project is around EUR 75 million. The electricity generated by the wind farm will be sold through contract for difference (CfD) contracts. 

14 March 2024

Ignitis Renewables invites to Save the Baltic Sea together

International green energy company Ignitis Renewables supports the expedition Save the Baltic Sea and invites to pay attention to the ecological state of the sea and work together in preserving the Baltic Sea. During the nine-month walk around the Baltic Sea, the expedition and its partners will invite citizens, governments, organisations and businesses to take active steps to preserve the sea for future generations.

As a part of its long-term strategy, Ignitis Renewables emphasises the importance of decarbonising the energy sector, developing renewable energy, creating innovative solutions and sustainable growth, while respecting the principles of environmental protection, social responsibility and good corporate governance.

“We are the first in the Baltic States to develop offshore energy projects, using the wind and sea and taking significant steps towards energy independence for the entire region. For us, the Baltic Sea is not just a pleasant sight and refreshing waves on a hot summer’s day, it is a path to a green and independent tomorrow. We must preserve the Baltic Sea for future generations, because we are stronger, more powerful and more independent,” says Paulius Kalmantas, Communications Partner at Ignitis Renewables.

According to him, the company seeks to ensure the region’s energy security and independence through the development of green energy, environmental protection and climate change mitigation. One of the largest projects currently underway to achieve these goals is the first offshore wind farm in Lithuania and the Baltic States.

“Offshore wind power generation is an innovation for all of us and a great opportunity to raise awareness of the Baltic Sea, and Ignitis Renewables invites to preserve the Baltic Sea together. Green energy is closely linked to nature and its preservation, and the protection of the ecosystem of the Baltic Sea is one of the key objectives of the sustainability strategy of the company,” says P. Kalmantas.

The main goal of the expedition Save the Baltic Sea is raiding awareness and educational activities. The expedition will educate the public about the state of aquatic ecosystems, the impact of human activities on the sea, and the ways that everyone can reduce their contribution to the loss of marine biodiversity and pollution, as they travel around the Baltic Sea.

Sad statistics show that the Baltic Sea is one of the top five most polluted seas in the world. The international team of the expedition Save the Baltic Sea, supported by Ignitis Renewables, is sure that by joining forces, everyone can contribute to preserving the Baltic Sea. This message will be carried by the participants of the expedition as they walk 6,000 kilometres around the Baltic Sea.

13 March 2024

Klaipėda District residents support the development of renewable energy in Lithuania

Climate change is a threat that can be tackled by replacing traditional energy sources with renewable energy generation. This is the view of a growing number of Lithuanian citizens, including residents of the Klaipėda district elderships of Vėžaičiai and Endriejavas. In these elderships, 85 percent of residents agree that climate change is affecting the world, and 65 percent believe that renewable energy generation is an important factor in stopping climate change. The majority of residents in Vėžaičiai and Endriejavas elderships support the development of wind and solar parks in their neighbourhoods.

On the initiative of Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, the KOG Institute of Marketing and Communication Sciences conducted a representative survey of the residents of Vėžaičiai and Endriejavas elderships. During live meetings in October and November 2023, 250 inhabitants aged 16 years and older were interviewed.

The survey also revealed that 81 percent of the residents of these elderships in Klaipėda District welcome the development of renewable energy in Lithuania.

In addition, 85 percent of respondents believe that it is strategically important for Lithuania to secure energy independence and to generate all the electricity it needs itself. Two thirds (65 percent) of respondents believe that the generation of energy from wind, solar and other renewable sources can make a significant contribution to Lithuania’s economic growth. Sixty-one percent believe renewable energy generation can serve the needs of the local community, and 58 percent believe it can benefit the regional economy.

“The survey data reflects global trends showing that people are increasingly aware and supportive of renewable energy projects. This reflects a growing environmental awareness and a willingness to be part of the changes that will help to stop climate change. The development of renewable energy is the foundation of the world’s energy transformation and the support of the population for wind and solar power projects is therefore crucial. The survey showed that there is no shortage of such support from the residents of Vėžaičiai and Endriejavas elderships in Klaipėda District,” says Lina Žibienė, Head of Environment and Permitting at Ignitis Renewables.

No climate change in one’s own backyard

Dr Judita Liukaitytė-Kukienė, Advisor to the Climate Policy Group at the Ministry of Environment, elaborates on the impacts of climate change. “In many surveys we see that climate change seems far away before it reaches our homes. However, coastal residents have already faced a number of flooding emergencies this winter. Last summer’s storms also caused a lot of damage in various municipalities across Lithuania. The climate is becoming more and more extreme, and we can see that the damage to Lithuania is also considerable. According to the European Environment Agency, in 2021 alone, the damage amounted to EUR 93 million,” says the environmental expert.

Seventy percent of the residents of Vėžaičiai and Endriejavas elderships think that climate change is a threat to Lithuania and the Baltic region as a whole, but only 30 percent of respondents think that the area they live in is under threat. In other words, they do not see how global issues can affect them personally.

“Data from a representative survey conducted during the live meetings with residents shows that residents of Vėžaičiai and Endriejavas elderships of Klaipėda District understand the threat of climate change and are not indifferent to global environmental problems. The vast majority (84 percent) also understand that every person and business can contribute to solving these problems,” says L. Žibienė.

The attitudes of the inhabitants of Vėžaičiai and Endriejavas elderships are similar to those of other Europeans. A Europe-wide survey of 26 European countries carried out at the end of last year by the research company Norstat showed that two thirds of Europeans welcome the development of solar and wind parks.

Energy projects are valuable for communities

“Maintaining close relationships with the communities in which we operate and with non-governmental organisations is one of the key principles of our sustainable and responsible operations. We want the renewable energy projects we build and manage to create value for the region as a whole, for local communities and businesses. Partnerships based on mutual trust are important to us, so we try to listen to the needs of the population and find opportunities for sustainable cooperation,” says the expert of Ignitis Renewables.

According to L. Žibienė, the development of renewable energy is not only vital to achieving climate goals and Lithuania’s energy independence, but also boosts the economy, allows attracting investment, creating jobs, and improving local infrastructure as well as contributes to regional development.

Green energy projects are being developed in Lithuania in a targeted manner and green energy reaches the homes of electricity consumers more and more often.  

Ignitis Renewables is currently carrying out environmental impact assessment procedures in Vėžaičiai and Endriejavas elderships, assessing 40 potential wind plant sites. Their total power could reach up to 250 megawatts (MW). The company is also considering the installation of a solar park and electricity storage facilities in this part of Klaipėda District. 

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05 March 2024

Ignitis Renewables gathers wind and meteorological measurements in the Baltic Sea

Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, continues the development of the first offshore wind farm in the Baltic States and is taking wind and meteorological measurements in the Baltic Sea that are necessary for the project. For this purpose, a floating measuring station with specialised equipment was brought to the maritime area of the future offshore wind farm.

The measuring station, which was put on a special buoy, will provide environmental monitoring data in real time to help make decisions on developing the project of strategic importance to Lithuania’s energy sector. These data will also help the company to achieve its goal to install offshore wind turbines of 700-megawatt (MW) capacity by 2030. Such capacity would meet up to a quarter of Lithuania’s current electricity demand.

“To have accurate data on prevailing wind speeds and other hydro-meteorological parameters such as wave height, direction and speed of currents, air and water temperature as well as bat activity in the maritime area of the offshore wind farm, our partner Fugro, towed one of their wind LiDAR buoy’s using specialised equipment to the maritime area of the future offshore wind farm and secured it,” says Dainius Stepanonis, Project Manager at Ignitis Renewables who is responsible for marine research.

According to him, this is a very important step in the implementation of the largest current energy project in Lithuania. World-class experts and the latest technology are used to carry out the work. “All the work in the territory will be completed within a few days, while the installed equipment will be left to collect and continuously transfer data remotely for at least a year, with the option, if necessary, to continue studies for a longer period,” says D. Stepanonis.

The expert from Ignitis Renewables clarifies that wind speed is measured at different altitudes from 20 to 280 metres, while water parameters are measured at depths of up to 4 metres. These data are crucial for selecting future wind turbine models, estimating the necessary investments, designing the turbine layout and their period of operation, and assessing other important aspects. Specialists conducting the studies are particularly interested in data of the winter period because in winter, the winds are the strongest and meteorological conditions are the worst.

It is planned that Lithuania will be the first of the Baltic States to have an offshore wind farm. The maritime area in the Baltic Sea designated for the offshore wind farm is approximately 120 square kilometres and is located at least 36 km away from the shore, approximately 60 km away from the Port of Klaipėda. The depth at the maritime area ranges from 28 to 48 metres, and the average annual wind speed there is around 9–10 m/s. It is these data that will be adjusted during this stage. 

The number of wind turbines to be erected there will be up to 55, with a maximum height of around 350 metres. All of these parameters will depend on the findings of studies, the environmental impact assessment, adopted technologies and other conditions. Based on the currently available information, the capacity, location of the wind turbines, their distance from the shore as well as the sea depth are all suitable for wind energy development and corresponds to the scope and conditions of other offshore wind farm projects in Europe.

Offshore wind is much more efficient and reliable for generating electricity compared to onshore wind. At sea, the wind is not obstructed by natural barriers such as trees, mountains or buildings. This makes electricity generation more efficient and reliable. Offshore wind is an especially reliable energy source as green electricity can be generated even when wind speed on the shore seems low.

22 February 2024

Ignitis Renewables launches environmental impact assessment for offshore wind farm

Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, is preparing to build the country’s first offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea and, in compliance with the imposed requirements, has prepared an environmental impact assessment (EIA) programme for this project, which is of great importance to Lithuania’s energy sector. The environmental impact assessment itself will be prepared on the basis of this programme.

The preparation of the EIA programme is another milestone on the road to the successful implementation of the project. According to Anne-Marie Roikjær, Project Director for offshore wind farm, green energy is closely related to nature and its conservation. The protection of the Baltic Sea ecosystem is one of the key objectives of the company’s sustainability strategy.

“When we develop renewable energy projects, the environment is inevitably affected, but to achieve a balance between clean electricity generation and nature protection, we will take all appropriate measures to minimise the environmental impact of the offshore wind farm, and when the impact cannot be avoided, we will implement compensatory measures to improve the state of the environment,” says A. Roikjær.

According to the Project Director, throughout the development of the offshore wind farm the best international practices will be followed, including consultations with highly qualified professionals and experts from Lithuania and other countries, who will bring their experience and knowledge to the project in Lithuania. The objective is to ensure that the environmental impact assessment and procedures for this project meet not only Lithuanian requirements, but also the strictest European and international requirements.

According to Lina Žibienė, Head of Environment and Permitting at Ignitis Renewables, there are several objectives of the environmental impact assessment. First, it is necessary to identify and assess the impact of the planned wind farm on individual environmental components, i.e. land surface and areas below, air, water, landscape, and biodiversity, with particular attention paid to protected animal, plant species and areas.

L. Žibienė stresses that it is equally important to assess the impact on public health and other social aspects. The purpose of the environmental impact assessment is to ensure a high level of environmental protection and the integration of environmental aspects into the implementation of the project. Also, to provide for measures to avoid, minimise or compensate for possible negative impacts and to ensure that the planned activities comply with the requirements of the legislation and best practices on environmental impact, human health, cultural heritage and public safety.

The EIA report was commissioned by Ignitis Renewables. The assessment will be carried out and the report will be compiled by the Coastal Research and Planning Institute. The EIA report coordination procedures and a final decision on the environmental impact of the offshore wind farm is expected to be received by the end of 2025. This decision will be taken by the Environmental Protection Agency, after considering the comments submitted by the public and taking into account the conclusions of the entities of the EIA.

The report will assess the offshore wind farm planned in the Baltic Sea, whose designated maritime area is approximately 120 square kilometres. The farm area is located at least 36 km away from the shore, approximately 60 km away from the Port of Klaipėda. The depth ranges from 28 to 48 metres and the whole area falls within the zone of average annual wind speeds of 9–10 m/s. The potential number of wind turbines to be erected will be up to 55, with a maximum height of up to 350 metres.

The final technical parameters of the farm will depend both on the conclusions of the surveys carried out during the environmental impact assessment and on the technological and other conditions existing at the time. It is important to note that the wind speed and other measurements necessary for the implementation of the project, as well as geotechnical and geophysical surveys of the seabed as well as other preparations, which will be used during the EIA process as well, are currently in progress.

It is planned that the 700-megawatt (MW) wind farm in the Baltic Sea, which will be operational around 2030, could generate around 3 terawatt-hours (TWh) of green electricity per year, which would meet a quarter of Lithuania’s current electricity demand.

20 February 2024

Ignitis Renewables to commence work on its solar portfolio in Latvia

Ignitis Renewables, a leading international green energy company operating in the Baltic states and Poland, has made the final investment decision on its 239 megawatt (MW) solar portfolio in Latvia, the largest of its kind in the Baltic states, with construction works to commence in the first quarter of this year. This decision marks a significant milestone in the region’s journey towards decarbonisation and energy security and reaffirms Ignitis Renewables’ commitment to creating a green and secure energy ecosystem.

“Latvia is a part of our home market, where Ignitis Renewables is actively expanding its activities and sees great growth opportunities. A third of our total project pipeline is in Latvia. The decision to move forward with construction marks an important step in our expansion within the Baltic states and its broader strategy for green energy development,” stated Thierry Aelens, CEO at Ignitis Renewables.

He emphasises the strategic importance of this development. “This investment decision aligns perfectly with our mission to expand our green generation segment. These projects in Latvia are pivotal for our progress towards our goal to install 4–5 gigawatts (GW) of green generation capacities by 2030,” he stated.

This portfolio comprises three separate solar power plants in Latvia, a 94 MW Vārme solar project and a 145 MW Stelpe solar project, consisting of two stand-alone developments. In total, the installed capacity of the planned solar parks should reach up to 239 MW. This will be enough to cover the electricity demand of around 100,000 households in Latvia per year. With grid capacity fully secured for these installations, the projects are poised to significantly bolster the renewable energy production in the region.

The Vārme solar power plant will be in Vārme parish, Kuldīgas county, while the Stelpe power plants will be in Barbele and Stelpe parishes, Bauskas county. The construction of the solar power plants is expected to commence in in the first quarter of 2024, with completion and commercial operation scheduled for 2025. Additionally, wind hybridisation options have been identified for all solar power plants, aiming to utilise the same grid connection points.

The total investment for this ambitious initiative is estimated at up to EUR 178 million, encompassing both construction and project acquisition costs. Within the coming years, Ignitis Renewables is planning to invest around EUR 700 million in Latvia. Most of the investments will be directed towards renewable energy projects.

Emphasis on community engagement and support

Sustainable and close cooperation with communities that are located near the renewable energy projects in operation, under construction and under development is at the core of the company’s approach.

“Partnership with local communities is the basis of sustainable development of Ignitis Renewables. We care about the environment we work in, and so we are open to suggestions on how we could create a more sustainable world together. We want for our renewable energy projects in operation and under construction to create value for the entire region, local communities and business. A partnership based on mutual trust is important to us, so we try to listen to the needs of local communities and find opportunities for sustainable cooperation,” said Baiba Lāce, Head of Ignitis Renewables in Latvia.

Ignitis Renewables is pleased to announce the continuation of its community support initiative for the third consecutive year. This program will extend financial aid to local communities neighbouring the Vārme and Stelpe solar park projects.

Following the successful allocation of funds in the previous year to community projects in Lithuania and Poland, Ignitis Renewables reaffirms its commitment to enhancing local well-being. In 2023, the company allocated a total of EUR 350,000 to various projects, furthering its dedication to positively impact the regions surrounding its renewable energy projects.

Environmental protection is at the forefront throughout the projects’ development

Ignitis Renewables is pioneering a unique environmental protection initiative in their Vārme and Stelpe solar park projects, a first in Latvia. This initiative goes beyond the standard mandated environmental care practices, introducing a tailored program of environmental measures within solar parks under development by the company.

This program, initiated in collaboration with Latvian birds and mammal specialists, aims to not only safeguard local species but also enhance their habitat in areas surrounding the planned projects. Measures include installing hunting perches for predatory birds and creating safe passages for larger animals with ramps and special gates at the solar power plants.

Additionally, in partnership with experts from the Latvian Nature Foundation, Ignitis Renewables has developed a strategy to reintroduce natural meadow habitats and grasslands. Landscape professionals have also contributed, offering guidance for implementing measures that preserve the natural landscape. This holistic approach underscores Ignitis Renewables’ commitment to environmental protection in renewable energy development.

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17 January 2024

Ignitis Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners win a second seabed site in Estonia’s offshore wind tender

International green energy company Ignitis Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) through its Growth Markets Fund II are the winners of the auction-based competitive tender for development of an offshore wind farm in the Liivi 1 sea area in Estonia, having placed the highest bid in the amount of EUR 1.16 million.

Having previously won the Liivi 2 site in Estonia’s first offshore wind tender held in December 2023, Ignitis Renewables and CIP see the adjacent site of Liivi 1 as a natural extension of the seabed area which will allow for greater synergy and optimisation in developing the sites as a single offshore wind project.

The maritime area of both sites is located in the Gulf of Riga, northwest of Ruhnu Island, near Estonia’s Baltic Sea coast covering in total approximately 193 square kilometres. While the theoretical potential capacity of both sites is calculated to be 2.3 gigawatts (GW), depending on environmental impact assessment results, site optimization as well as other factors, the actual capacity of the offshore wind park will be 1–1.5 GW. The project is expected to become operational around 2035.

Ignitis Renewables and CIP have signed an agreement to collaborate exclusively on offshore wind opportunities in Estonia and Latvia. The partnership leverages Ignitis Renewables’ leading market position in the Baltic region and CIP’s global offshore wind expertise.

Having now secured both the Liivi 1 and Liivi 2 sea areas, CIP and Ignitis Renewables have a strategic position to optimize the scale and potential of the sites, representing a key investment in Estonia’s and the region’s transformation into a sustainable, long-term green energy hub in Europe.

09 January 2024

Ignitis Renewables appointed a Project Director for offshore wind park

Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, has appointed Anne-Marie Roikjær as Project Director for Lithuania’s first offshore wind farm developed together with Ocean Winds.

“We are thrilled to announce the appointment of A. Roikjær as our Project Director for the offshore wind farm in Lithuania. This marks a significant milestone in our journey towards delivering the first offshore wind project in the Baltics. This appointment is a clear indication of our commitment to this goal. Her impressive track record stands testament to the capability to lead such a significant and challenging project,” stated Thierry Aelens, CEO at Ignitis Renewables.

“I am very excited to join Ignitis Renewables, the leading green energy company in the Baltics and the development of offshore renewable energy in Lithuania. The offshore wind project is a cornerstone of this vision,” says A. Roikjær.

The newly appointed Project Director boasts an impressive professional background with extensive experience at Vattenfall, she served as Lead Technical Project Manager for the Norfolk Vanguard and Boreas offshore wind farms. Her responsibilities included overseeing the technical development of transmission grids and wind farms, ensuring compliance with project requirements and managing other significant aspects. Her prior roles at Bladt Industries and DONG Energy (Ørsted) further highlight her expertise in technical project management in the offshore wind sector.

This experience is particularly relevant as it aligns with Ignitis Renewables’ strategy of leveraging international expertise in local projects.

The Project Director will oversee project strategy development, detailed planning, site assessments, and selection of development solutions. The Director will be also responsible for securing all the necessary authorisations and permits for construction and operation and for managing extensive studies for regulatory compliance.

The offshore wind farm development is a crucial step towards Lithuania’s energy independence. This significant project will notably elevate local electricity production from renewable sources, thereby lessening dependence on imported electricity.

19 December 2023

Working closer to the sky: who are the professionals in charge of wind farm maintenance?

Engineering skills, high-altitude skills and a keen analytical mind. Wind turbine technicians are versatile. They are the people who help Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, ensure the smooth development of its wind farms, which is gaining momentum.

The most efficient performance of wind turbines is achieved through proper maintenance. This includes regular inspections for oil changes, various tests and inspections and repairs. Using specialised equipment, technicians inspect the blades of the wind turbine, the casing that houses the main components of the turbine, the tower itself, the generator and other components.

Ignitis Renewables is already starting to use advanced technology such as drones to assess the condition of wind turbines, but most maintenance and repair work is not automated.

Qualified engineers on staff 

Virginijus Jagela, Head of Maintenance and Management at Ignitis Renewables, points out that the people involved in maintaining wind turbines have a highly analytical mindset. According to V. Jagela, they must be able to analyse individual system parameters, detect changes in them and understand their impact on the operation of the wind turbine.

V. Jagela points out that the maintenance of wind turbines involves specialists from various fields.

“Turbines are serviced by technicians who know electromechanics. They look after the generator and other electrical components. There are also mechanics who are responsible for operating and monitoring the gearbox and other mechanical components. They monitor the condition of the gearboxes, change the lubricants, monitor the condition of the tower and other similar tasks. Other specialist teams carry out tasks such as wing maintenance, etc. These people spend most of their time hanging on the blades and inspecting their surface. They look for cracks and repair them,” says an Ignitis Renewables expert.

He adds that wind turbine technicians also work on the power plants, maintaining their lifts and other lifting mechanisms. Cranes are also used for major repairs and are operated by specially trained teams.

“All the technicians are qualified electromechanical, automation or mechanical engineers. But that is not all, they also acquire specific knowledge by attending wind turbine maintenance training courses organised by the equipment manufacturers,” says V. Jagela.

A special focus on safety 

Technicians usually work at very high altitudes of hundreds of metres, which puts turbine maintenance in a high-risk category. However, V. Jagela points out that all measures are taken to ensure the safety of the employees. For example, technicians are not allowed to work alone – all work is carried out simultaneously by at least two trained professionals who are also certified in high-altitude climbing and wind turbine safety.

Technicians wear personal protective equipment such as special clothing, safety boots, helmets and safety harnesses attached to anchor points. “When working in the cabin of a wind turbine, technicians must also carry rescue equipment to evacuate from the turbine in the event of a fire or other hazard,” says the maintenance and operations manager.

He adds that maintenance work on wind farms is only carried out in good weather conditions. According to V. Jagela, technicians are not allowed to work if the wind speed is too high and there is a high probability of lightning.

Monitoring, maintenance and repairs

Wind farms are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. According to V. Jagela, specialists at the dispatching centres constantly monitor the parameters of the turbines and record faults remotely.

According to the manager, maintenance work is planned in accordance with the manufacturer’s standards. He notes that turbine manufacturers routinely draw up long-term maintenance plans covering a period of up to 12 years. “Different work is carried out each year according to a fixed schedule. For example, the gearbox oil is changed every four years or so, and the blades are inspected every two years,” says the Ignitis Renewables expert.

Any faults detected by the specialists at the dispatch centre are rectified immediately. “All necessary repairs are carried out, regardless of their nature or extent. This can range from replacing sensors for a few hours to major repairs such as replacing bearings, blades or gearboxes. In the latter case, turbines can be shut down for months,” says V. Jagela.

He stresses that regular, high-quality maintenance of wind turbines is the only way to keep them in good condition. It is the timely maintenance and repair work that allows a wind turbine to operate for 25 or even 30 years.

15 December 2023

Ignitis Renewables is granting financial support to communities: from modern lighting solutions to upgraded sports stadium

More and more Lithuanian communities are actively utilising the financial support made available to them to improve their daily lives. Vydmantai is a good example of a community that successfully utilised financial support granted by Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company. The largest village in Kretinga district has used the funds to light up the swimming area that has become a community attraction, improve their sports stadium and complete the electricity installation works for the new church and parsonage complex. Additionally, there are plans to erect a dome for an outdoor classroom and a stage for community and student activities in 2024.

“We see the financial support allocated to projects that are important to the communities not just as a measure to promote our renewable projects and garner support. Supporting community projects and ideas allow the responsible companies to build trust between citizens and businesses as well as support the development of rural areas. We see communities as partners that can help us reach the goals of green transition. That’s why we are especially proud of and support the communities that look for energy efficiency, renewable and other solutions that can coexist with the environment,” said Emilija Musteikytė, Community Projects Coordinator at Ignitis Renewables.

A community attraction in a new light

One of the projects has already been completed with the help of financial support provided by Ignitis Renewables. Lighting solutions powered by solar energy have been installed at the Vydmantai recreational zone, where residents can enjoy water activities. According to the Chair of the Vydmantai Community Centre, Simas Končius, the new lighting solutions already had their use both in summer and at the start of the cold season.

“During the summer, Vydmantai residents can play beach volleyball, camp and swim at our recreational and swimming area. You can often find the village kids having fun here, and people like to walk their pets nearby, and darkening sky doesn’t interrupt their recreational activities. As the autumn brings longer evenings, the lamps allow us to spend more time outside and improve security as well as help ensure public order at night,” told us S. Končius.

According to the Chair of the Village Community Centre, the community is glad that the implemented project is modern, environmentally friendly and promotes green energy at Vydmantai.

The refurbished stadium to make sports safer

Another project implemented in Vydmantai was upgrading the infrastructure of Vydmantai gymnasium by installing nets for catching balls. The headmistress of the gymnasium, Rasa Stonkuvienė, said that it was a joint decision made by the students, the teachers and the community footballers to upgrade the stadium.

“The gymnasium stadium is surrounded by thorny hedges, so when playing football, the balls would often be damaged or get into private properties. To avoid the resulting conflicts and to upgrade the barriers, it was decided to build a 90 metre fence for catching balls. This made the stadium, which is very important to the community, more attractive and functional,” said R. Stonkuvienė.

She notes that the entire gymnasium and village community engaged in the implementation of the project as volunteers helped with manual labour and preparations.

The long-awaited church and parsonage complex

Financial support was also utilised for another project that is important to the community, electricity installation works for the new church and parsonage complex that are under construction. During the installation works, electricity lines were laid up to the foundations of the new church and parsonage.

“Church and parsonage construction works are being very closely followed by all Vydmantai residents and the entire parish. In the context of these uncertain times, it’s important to create a safe environment that benefits people’s wellbeing, covers spiritual and cultural needs,” said Karolis Petravičius, priest of Vydmantai parish.

Each of the representatives of Vydmantai village is confident that the financial support provided by businesses is important and beneficial, so they expect to take advantage of it in the future by implementing other projects that the community needs and that improves their daily lives.

Vydmantai community and school submitted separate projects and secured financial support for a dome for an outdoor classroom and a stage for community and student activities.

Financial support was granted for a second year in a row

Ignitis Renewables and its subsidiaries have been granting financial support for two years in a row. In 2022 they granted financial support to nine communities that are located near renewable energy projects managed by the companies. A total of EUR 86,100 was allocated to support the communities.

This year financial support was allocated to the projects of the communities located near renewable energy projects in Tauragė, Mažeikiai, Jurbarkas, Kretinga (Lithuania) as well as Pomerania and Silesia (Poland). In 2023 the total funds allocated to the projects that improve the wellbeing of communities amounted to EUR 350,000.

14 December 2023

Ignitis Renewables secures financing from EIB and NIB for its wind farm in Mažeikiai

International green energy company Ignitis Renewables has signed a project financing agreement for EUR 64 million with the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) for the Mažeikiai wind farm.

Both the EIB and NIB have provided loans for the wind farm, contributing EUR 32 million each. The loan is concluded for a period of 12 years and covers around 75% of total investments of the project. Citi will take the role of agent, security agent and account bank in this transaction.

“By leading the regional energy transition in Lithuania and the Baltics, we strive to create a 100% green and secure energy ecosystem. This will not be possible without the support of leading European financial institutions, hence we are grateful for the reliable cooperation with the EIB and NIB, which is vital for the success of our renewable energy projects,” said Ignitis Group CFO Jonas Rimavičius.

“The EU bank is delighted to sign this significant loan agreement, which will support the deployment of new renewable energy capacity in Lithuania,” said EIB Vice-President Thomas Östros, who is responsible for operations in Lithuania. “In addition to promoting energy independence, we are proud to contribute to Lithuania’s transformation into a low-carbon economy on its path to climate neutrality,” he added.

“As Lithuania is rapidly building up its sustainable energy production, our long-term financing for wind farm developments continues to speed up this journey. To unlock the full potential of renewables in our region, we look forward to accelerating further generation and transmission developments,” added NIB President and CEO André Küüsvek.

The first wind farm in Lithuania built by Ignitis Renewables is located in Mažeikiai district. It has commenced commercial operations in August of 2023. It is estimated that the 63-megawatt (MW) wind farm will help power around 90,000 homes with clean renewable energy.

13 December 2023

Ignitis Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners win Estonia’s first offshore wind tender

International green energy company Ignitis Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) through its Growth Markets Fund II are the winners of the auction-based competitive tender for development of an offshore wind farm in the Liivi 2 sea area in Estonia, having placed the highest bid in the amount of EUR 1.7 million.

The maritime area for the offshore wind farm is located northwest of Ruhnu Island, near Estonia’s Baltic Sea coast covering approximately 115 square kilometres, with a total capacity of up to 1.4 gigawatts (GW) expected to become operational post 2030.

“This is the second offshore wind tender secured by the Ignitis Renewables in the Baltic States. By winning, Ignitis Group achieves its strategic goal of securing a second offshore wind development project in our home market, which is a substantial step towards our overall objective to achieve 4–5 GW of installed green and flexible capacities by 2030”, said Darius Maikštėnas, CEO of Ignitis Group.

He highlighted that this achievement marks yet another significant milestone in the Baltic region’s energy transition. It supports the goals of decarbonization and enhances energy security by advancing the use of offshore wind.

“With today’s announcement, we are taking an important step in expanding our presence in the Baltic states, a core market of CIP’s Growth Market Funds. We believe this project could be a cornerstone investment in Estonia’s transformation into a sustainable, long-term European green energy hub”, said Ole Kjems Sørensen, Partner in CIP and Head of the Growth Markets Funds.

This year Ignitis Renewables and CIP have signed an agreement to collaborate exclusively on offshore wind opportunities in Estonia and Latvia. The partnership leverages Ignitis Renewables’ leading market position in the Baltic region and CIP’s global offshore wind expertise. Ignitis Renewables and CIP aim to become active and long-term partners for the energy transition in the Baltic region, supporting Baltic states’ decarbonization targets and energy security ambitions through the deployment of offshore wind.

05 December 2023

Ignitis Renewables discovered a shipwreck during the seabed survey in the Baltic Sea

During the ongoing survey organised by an international green energy company, Ignitis Renewables, to assess the feasibility of the offshore wind farm, a 70 metres long and 6 metres high sunken ship was discovered. The wreck, lying 38 metres deep, was discovered by a geophysical survey vessel, Fugro Frontier.

“After receiving the information about the discovery of the shipwreck, we have informed the responsible state authorities, as this finding was not previously included in the database. The identity of the wreck will be confirmed after additional historical and underwater archaeological research is carried out. We believe that the collected high-quality data will also be valuable to the scientific community and the historians,” says Paulius Kalmantas, Communications Partner at Ignitis Renewables.

According to P. Kalmantas, the 120 square kilometre seabed area in the Baltic Sea designated for developing wind projects has never been surveyed in such detail. The data collected will be used not just for the development of the offshore wind project. The company has committed to transfer the data to the Lithuanian scientific community. This is an additional benefit the project is bringing along.

As noted by a representative of the Department of Cultural Heritage under the Ministry of Culture (DCH), there are not many objects like this in the Lithuanian territorial waters in the Baltic Sea. Currently, there are 19 shipwreck locations registered in the Register of Cultural Heritage. “During the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, DCH is planning to enter the ship into Inventory of Real Cultural Heritage. After dating the ship, discussions will be held weather to enter it into the Register of Cultural Heritage,” explained Augustina Kurilienė, Chief Officer at DCH.

Dr. Elena Pranckėnaitė, an archaeologist at Klaipėda University and an underwater heritage expert agrees that such a finding is very interesting for underwater archaeology experts, heritage conservationists and historians that are researching shipping in the Baltic Sea. That’s why the ship must be preserved and investigated further in order to identify it.

Ignitis Renewables is developing the first offshore wind farm in Lithuania. It is estimated that the 700-megawatt (MW) wind farm, located in the Baltic Sea, could generate around 3 terawatt-hours (TWh) of green electricity per year, which would meet up to a quarter of Lithuania’s current electricity demand.

It was announced earlier that the survey of the seabed has begun. The survey will help enhance the understanding of seabed conditions in the Baltic Sea, which will inform the location, construction and design of wind turbines.

The survey vessel will sail over 2,000 kilometres to survey the territory and collect high-quality data. The insights learned after analysing the data will inform the selection of further surveys necessary to create a detailed seabed model that Ignitis Renewables, along with its partners, will use to design the optimal wind turbine foundations and select locations.

30 November 2023

This year Ignitis Renewables allocated EUR 350,000 to fund the activities and wellbeing of local communities

An international green energy company, Ignitis Renewables, is continuing sustainable and close cooperation with communities that are located near the renewable energy projects under development, under construction or in operation. This year financial support was allocated for the projects of the communities from Tauragė, Mažeikiai, Kretinga (Lithuania) as well as Pomerania and Silesia (Poland). In 2023 the total funds allocated for funding the projects that improve the wellbeing of communities amounted EUR 350,000.

“We see the financial support allocated to projects that are important to the communities not just as a measure promoting the support of the development of renewable projects. Supporting community projects and ideas allow the responsible companies to build trust between citizens and businesses as well as support the development of rural areas. We see communities as partners that can help us reach the goals of green transition. That’s why we are especially proud of and support the communities that look for energy efficiency, renewable and other solutions that can coexist with the environment,” said Emilija Musteikytė, Community Projects Coordinator at Ignitis Renewables.

This year we received ten applications from Lithuania and eight from Poland. After diligently examining the applications and ideas, funding was approved for all ten projects in Lithuania in the amount of EUR 247,000 and six projects in Poland in the amount of EUR 105,000. All approved projects feature upgrades and installation of the infrastructure that is relevant to the local communities as well as education.

Lithuanian projects range from installing smart lighting to building community centres

Communities located near an Ignitis Renewables wind farm in Mažeikiai region contacted us regarding the financial support for building a community centre. It will also include a repair of a student centre in Mažeikiai.

“Communities located near our projects are sharing their good financial support practices with each other. For example, we are going to install solar-powered lighting solutions in Pikeliai, a town located in the Mažeikiai region. The Vydmantai community already has such lighting solutions installed. It received the necessary financial support from Ignitis Renewables in 2022,” shared E. Musteikytė.

Danielius Gedutis, a representative of Pikeliai community and the head of the association “Kuriame kartu” (Creating Together), believes that it would be difficult to create a town that is enjoyable to live in without the financial support of responsible businesses. It also encouraged us to contact the company that was operating and developing renewable energy solutions nearby.

“Our town has a long history and more than one cultural object. When we were contacting the company regarding the financial support, we also were considering a pilgrim road that was being built from Pikeliai to Poland. Pilgrims passing the town need a place to sleep, make lunch or dinner and have a shower. So we used a part of the financial support the town received to install sleeping accommodations, a shower, a toilet and a kitchenette at the community’s premises. And in 2024 we are planning to improve the lighting by installing smart lighting solutions powered by solar energy,” said D. Gedutis.

Vydmantai, a town located near an Ingitis Renewables project in Kretinga region, are planning to erect a dome and a stage for community and student activities. The Girkaliai community is planning to repair its community centre.

A public institution, “Žaliasis regionas” (the Green Region), is organising a new education programme about wind energy. Next year, the Lauksargiai community is planning to dress up with new traditional clothing and improve stage lighting.

Also, a community centre will be built next to wind farm in Jurbarkas. The “Jovarų alėja” (Sycamore alley) association has drafted a project, requesting financial support, to build Jurbarkas community centre in 2024. The centre will host meetings, education programmes about green energy, events and other activities.

The needs of communities in Pomerania and Silesia

The communities located near Ignitis Renewables’ wind farms in Pomerania and Silesia submitted applications to receive financial support for organising running and race-walking competitions, art workshops, fire first aid training. We are going to repair a stadium, install solar panels in community centres.

Ignitis Renewables has been granting financial support to communities for the second year in a row. In 2022 the company granted financial support to nine communities and allocated EUR 86,100 in total. In 2024 the financial support will be provided both in Lithuania and Poland again. According to the company’s representatives, the number of countries where we provide financial support may increase by including Latvia.

23 November 2023

Ignitis Renewables on wind farms maintenance in the age of smart technology: drones, AI and digital twins

Quickly gather the necessary data, analyse it, draw conclusions and assume the necessary measures. In the age of smart technology, this sequence of actions guarantees maximum efficiency in many areas, including wind energy. Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, is already ready for advanced maintenance of wind farms: drones will collect data on the condition of wind farms and artificial intelligence will carry out the analysis. Future plans also include performance testing using digital models.

“By 2030, Lithuania aims to generate all of its domestic electricity needs from renewable energy sources, with a substantial share of the electricity generated by wind farms. More innovative maintenance solutions will be necessary to ensure sustainable operation of wind farms. Advanced technologies will allow us to plan repairs in advance and prevent breakdowns. The main objective will remain the same – we will have to ensure uninterrupted operation of the power plants at maximum capacity,” states Mantas Marčiukaitis, the Head of Technological Systems at Ignitis Renewables.

Faster comprehensive inspection

The company’s representative sees a wide range of applications for drones in the maintenance of wind farms. According to the expert, these devices are extremely universal as they can be equipped with various types of cameras. Some can capture visual images, while others can capture infrared and even X-ray images.

“Drones are mainly used to inspect high-altitude objects such as the wings, tower and nacelle of wind farms. The focus is on the blades. They move at very high speeds and are constantly exposed to the environment, thus, they are the most likely to suffer from plaque or damage,” comments the company’s representative.

According to M. Marčiukaitis, the traditional method of blade maintenance was used for a long time – the technician has to stop the power plant and climb up to the turbine, and then, descending down the turbine with ropes, inspect all the blades one by one. With drones, the same work is done much faster and more efficiently.

“The wind farm still needs to be shut down, but for a much shorter period. A skilled drone technician inspects all the blades of the wind farm one by one and the images are stored on a server. Analysis of the images is then used to draw conclusions about the type and extent of potential damage,” says the technology expert.

Captures the smallest irregularities

M. Marčiukaitis talks about another innovation that will help collect more data on the state of wind farms. The initial assessment of the technical condition will be carried out by algorithms that identify deficiencies based on samples already in the database. The information will then be reviewed by engineers who make decisions on how to repair the wind farm.

The expert points out that modern cameras mounted on drones can capture 5-millimetre sized dents on a blade up to 85 metres long and up to 4 metres in diameter at its widest point. Meanwhile, an infrared camera can capture damage that is invisible on the surface. Its beams can penetrate as far as several centimetres into the part.

“The most common deficiencies are various deposits that prevent the wind farm from producing its maximum output. Cracks, dents and signs of mechanical fatigue are also recognisable,” says the representative of Ignitis Renewables. According to him, the need for drones will only grow as new wind farms are built. According to M. Marčiukaitis, optimising maintenance and more frequent remote maintenance of wind farms will be crucial to ensure their efficient operation and the shortest possible shutdowns.

Sensors also transmit data

Ignitis Renewables also keeps up with the latest technologies in the phase of planning wind farms, when it comes to assessing the wind energy resources in the area of the future wind farm. In the past, metal towers measuring wind speed are being replaced by LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) mobile measuring devices.

This laser-based technology can be used both for long-term wind speed measurements and for analysing the efficiency of wind farms. The main advantages of such instruments are the simple installation and relocation procedure, the higher measurement heights and the possibility to analyse the measured parameters in real time.

Meanwhile, wind farms are equipped with sensors that detect vibrations, displacements, temperature changes and other parameters. Most of these can be found in the nacelle and blades of the wind turbine.

In some more environmentally sensitive areas, parks require additional engineering solutions. In some cases, wind farm development is only possible with adequate protection for birds and bats. According to M. Marčiukaitis, one of the most advanced solutions in this field is bird radars.

“The radar’s coverage area covers the entire wind farm. When birds approaching the buffer zone are detected, a signal is sent to the control system to slow down or shut down the power plant in question to allow the birds to pass safely, and when the radar detects that the area is empty, the power plant is restarted in its normal mode,” explains the expert.

Optimal management of maintenance of wind farms is not possible without complex and innovative information technology solutions. Ignitis Renewables has set up a dedicated control centre that receives the operational data for all wind farms. Here, not only the power generation parameters but also the status of individual components are monitored.

Simulations – not just in manufacturing

M. Marčiukaitis says that the wind energy industry is also starting to use digital models of wind farms and their individual components, also known as digital copies or digital twins. For example, to check the efficiency of power plants, such models input parameters for a specific location and the wind turbines built there, then monitor their dynamics as environmental conditions change, and check whether the performance generated by the real wind farm matches that of the digital model.

“This is another solution to ensure that wind farms produce as much electricity as planned. Research is still ongoing, but if the efficiency proves out, we will use digital models of wind farms in the future,” comments the technology expert at Ignitis Renewables.

20 November 2023

Fugro supports Ignitis Renewables with seabed survey for Lithuania’s first offshore wind farm


Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, has awarded Fugro a contract to conduct a geophysical survey at Lithuania’s first offshore wind farm site. This critical step in the project’s development aims to enhance the understanding of seabed conditions, which will inform the location, construction and design of future wind turbines at the Baltic Sea.

Fugro is the world’s leading specialist for collecting and analysing comprehensive information about the Earth and the structures built upon it. Fugro’s designated geophysical survey vessel, the Fugro Frontier, is currently on-site in the Baltic Sea surveying the 120 square-kilometre area, collecting 2D ultra-ultra high-resolution (UHRS) sub-surface data, as well as bathymetry, sidescan sonar, and magnetometer data.

The 2,000 survey line kilometres of high-quality data collected will be crucial for characterizing the site and identifying potential risks to an offshore wind farm development in this area. These insights will inform the selection of future geotechnical investigations and help create a detailed ground model that Ignitis Renewables along with their partners will use to determine the optimal wind turbine foundation design and locations.

“We are pleased to partner with Fugro, one of the leading authorities in the field, as the information gathered from these surveys brings us another step closer to making the first offshore wind farm in Lithuania a reality. The geophysical data acquisition is a critical milestone in our preparatory phase, laying the groundwork necessary to initiate construction on schedule,” stated the Head of Offshore Development at Ignitis Renewables Vytautas Rimas.

“Our commitment to delivering comprehensive, reliable geo-data, combined with our expertise in challenging geology and offshore conditions, will help derisk future phases of this development. We look forward to contributing to the success of Lithuania’s clean energy goals and to continue our tradition of providing valuable services to our clients,” said Alvydas Uždanavičius, Fugro’s Lithuania Country Manager.

In addition, Ignitis Renewables is also cooperating in analysis of seabed investigations with specialist engineering and design consultancy, Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions (GDG), a Venterra Group company, and local partners in Lithuania Geobaltic.

Scheduled to begin operations by 2030, the 700 megawatt (MW) offshore wind farm will generate up to 3 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity annually, which would meet up to a quarter of Lithuania’s current electricity demand.

The maritime area in the Baltic Sea designated for the first offshore wind farm is at least 37 km away from the shore, and approximately 60 km away from the Port of Klaipėda. The depth at the maritime area ranges from 28 to 48 metres, and the average annual wind speed there is around 9–10 m/s. The number of wind turbines to be erected there will range from 35 to 50, with a maximum height of around 300–350 metres. These parameters will depend on the findings of studies, the environmental impact assessment, adopted technologies and other conditions.

Offshore wind is much more efficient and reliable for generating electricity compared to onshore wind. At sea, the wind is not obstructed by natural barriers such as trees, mountains or buildings. This makes electricity generation more efficient and reliable. Offshore wind is an especially reliable energy source as green electricity can be generated even when wind speed on the shore seems low.

Based on the currently available information, the capacity, location of the wind turbines, their distance from the shore as well as the sea depth are all suitable for wind energy development and corresponds to the scope and conditions of other offshore wind farm projects in Europe.

17 November 2023

Both residents and guests are reaping the rewards of the partnership between communities and Ignitis Renewables

Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, is cooperating with communities near wind and solar power plants under development by providing financial support for initiatives, education and improving infrastructure. The company has been providing financial support to the communities residing near its renewable energy projects under development for the second year now. The Pikeliai town, located in Mažeikiai district in Lithuania, used the financial support received from the company to refurbish the premises important to the entire community and adapted them to accommodate the pilgrims passing the town.

“Establishing close relations with the communities where we operate and non-governmental organisations is one of the key principles we follow in our sustainable and responsible operations. We want for our renewable energy projects in operation and under construction to create value for the entire region, including local communities and businesses. A partnership based on mutual trust is important to us, so we try to listen to the needs of local communities and look for opportunities for sustainable cooperation,” says Emilija Musteikytė, Community Relations Coordinator at Ignitis Renewables.

Ignitis Renewables and its subsidiaries are providing financial support for the second year in a row. In 2022 they provided financial support to nine communities that are located near the renewable energy projects managed by the companies. A total of EUR 86,100 was allocated to support the communities. This year the communities are eligible to receive up to EUR 300,000.

Making the town more attractive

Danielius Gedutis, the representative of Pikeliai community and the head of the association “Kuriame kartu” (Creating Together), believes that it would be difficult to create a town that is enjoyable to live in without the financial support of responsible businesses. That’s what encouraged us to contact a company that was operating nearby, Ignitis Renewables.

“Our town has a long history and more than one cultural object. When we were contacting the company regarding the financial support, we also were considering a pilgrim road that was being built from Pikeliai to Poland. Pilgrims passing the town need a place to sleep, make lunch or dinner and have a shower. So, we used a part of the financial support the town received to install sleeping accommodations, a shower, a toilet and a kitchenette at the community’s premises,” D. Gedutis told us.

He claims that with the pilgrim path passing through the town, there should be a lot more visitors, so the new infrastructure will ensure a more comfortable and convenient experience for the guests, which will entice the travellers to keep coming back to Pikeliai.

Engaging the whole community

According to D. Gedutis, the financial support was also used to improve the activities and gatherings of Pikeliai community members.

“The Pikeliai community is using the common premises for fun gatherings and sad moments when they say goodbye to their relatives. These premises badly needed an air conditioner that could both heat the premises and cool them during hot summer days. During the renovations, the electrical installations were also improved as they were quite old,” said D. Gedutis.

He also noted that the community members were keen to participate in the project and volunteered to do the tasks that were not planned in advance. He also hopes to collaborate with the businesses in the future to further improve the town’s residents’ lives.

“There are plenty of things we could cooperate on, including illuminating dark spaces at common premises by deploying new smart technologies. We are also considering installing solar modules, which could generate electricity to heat the premises,” elaborated on future plans the representative of Pikeliai community, which successfully utilised the financial support provided by Ignitis Renewables.

31 October 2023

Ignitis Renewables signs its largest corporate PPA to supply renewable electricity to Umicore’s EV battery materials plant in Poland

Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, and Umicore, a leading circular materials technology company, have entered into a 10-year corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) to supply renewable electricity for Umicore’s electric vehicle (EV) battery materials plant in Nysa, Poland, from an onshore wind farm, Silesia Wind Farm II, to be built and operated by Ignitis Renewables.

This agreement is the largest green corporate PPA concluded by Ignitis Renewables. It covers a substantial part of the expected electricity production of Silesia WF II, which is currently under construction in southwestern Poland and will have a total capacity of 137 megawatts (MW).

“Through this PPA collaboration, we are proud to support Umicore in its production of battery materials for electric vehicles in Nysa through renewable electricity produced at our wind farm and hope to continue contributing to their path towards net-zero greenhouse gas emissions targets,” said Thierry Aelens, CEO at Ignitis Renewables.

He added that the conclusion of the PPA is a strategic milestone of Ignitis Renewables, supporting its commitment to provide green and flexible energy solutions and enhance the company’s capacity to deliver consistent, clean energy to partners in the Baltic states and Poland.

“Umicore is strongly committed to decarbonizing the battery materials supply chain and to achieving its goal of reaching Group-wide net zero greenhouse gas emissions for scope 1 and 2 by 2035. Electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar energy and the securing of long-term power purchase agreements, including the one with Ignitis, are key in reaching our ambitious targets,” said Géraldine Nolens, Executive Vice President ESG and General Counsel at Umicore.

The Silesia WF II is expected to be commissioned by the second half of 2024.

12 October 2023

Ignitis Renewables to build the first offshore wind farm in the Baltic States

Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, together with its strategic partner, Ocean Winds, will develop the first offshore wind project in Lithuania. This was announced by the National Energy Regulatory Council (NERC) after it finished the screening of the provisional winners regarding their compliance with national security interests.

It is estimated that the 700 megawatt (MW) wind farm, located in the Baltic Sea, could generate around 3 terawatt-hours (TWh) of green electricity per year, which would meet a quarter of Lithuania’s current electricity demand.

“The offshore wind farm we are developing is a significant step towards Lithuania’s energy independence. This project will significantly increase local electricity generation from renewable energy sources and, thus, ensure lower dependence on electricity imports. It is the largest energy project in Lithuania, which will be the first country from the Baltic states to have an operating offshore wind farm,” said Darius Maikštėnas, CEO at Ignitis Group.

According to D. Maikštėnas, as part of its National Energy Independence Strategy, Lithuania has an ambitious goal of covering 100 percent of its electricity needs using renewable energy sources. It is estimated that offshore wind will comprise the largest share of renewable energy sources.

Developing the offshore wind portfolio in Lithuania and the Baltic States is at the core of the updated Ignitis Group’s strategy. This achievement will significantly contribute Ignitis Group’s goal of reaching 4–5 GW installed green generation capacities by 2030.

Following the NERC’s announcement, Ignitis Renewables and partners must set up a joint company in Lithuania within a period of 3 months. The joint venture company will be responsible for managing and implementing the project. The company will be awarded the development and operation permit, granting the right to use the maritime area for electricity generation for 41 years.

A boost to the country’s economy

With billions in investments and new high-skilled jobs, the project will create favourable conditions for the economic development of the coastal region and the country in general.

Besides attracting private investors to Lithuania, creating new jobs, issuing additional orders to local businesses, the offshore development project will also bring benefits to coastal communities. The wind farm developer will be obligated to contribute to the budgets of nearby municipalities based on the electricity generated and supplied to the network, which is estimated to be around EUR 3 million per year.

Focus on protecting the Baltic Sea’s ecosystem during the project’s lifetime

The offshore wind farm will generate low-carbon energy and reduce emissions, so throughout its lifespan it will contribute to mitigating climate change and serve as an example of finding a balance between environmental efforts and clean electricity generation.

To achieve this, Lithuanian and international experts will be consulted throughout all development stages of the project (planning, impact assessment, construction, operation and decommissioning). Additionally all necessary measures will be employed to minimise the impact on birds, sea creatures and their habitats as well as the entire ecosystem of the Baltic Sea.

About the offshore wind project

The maritime area in the Baltic Sea designated for the first offshore wind farm is approximately 120 square kilometres. It is at least 37 km away from the shore, and approximately 60 km away from the Port of Klaipėda. The depth at the maritime area ranges from 28 to 48 metres, and the average annual wind speed there is around 9–10 m/s. The number of wind turbines to be erected there will range from 35 to 50, with a maximum height of around 300–350 metres. These parameters will depend on the findings of studies, the environmental impact assessment, adopted technologies and other conditions.

Offshore wind is much more efficient and reliable for generating electricity compared to onshore wind. At sea, the wind is not obstructed by natural barriers such as trees, mountains or buildings. This makes electricity generation more efficient and reliable. Offshore wind is an especially reliable energy source as green electricity can be generated even when wind speed on the shore seems low.

Based on the currently available information, the capacity, location of the wind turbines, their distance from the shore as well as the sea depth are all suitable for wind energy development and corresponds to the scope and conditions of other offshore wind farm projects in Europe.

23 September 2023

Ignitis Renewables cares about biodiversity and it will carry out a rare study


Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, is taking additional measures to protect biodiversity in the vicinity of renewable energy projects it manages. The company is carrying out the first study in Lithuania on the environmental impact of green energy plants. Experts will spend three years assessing the changes in flora and fauna at the solar park being built in Tauragė district. The company of Ignitis Group aims to develop best practices and it will apply environmental initiatives in its other projects both in Lithuania and in other countries.

Lina Žibienė, Head of Environment and Permitting at Ignitis Renewables, points out that biodiversity conservation is one of the key objectives of the company’s sustainability strategy. According to the expert, green energy is closely linked to nature and its preservation.

“When we build solar or wind farms, we inevitably have an impact on the environment. That is why it was decided to carry out the first study in Lithuania to identify how the flora and fauna of an area change after a solar park is built. Although green energy is developing rapidly, such studies are not common worldwide. The studies need to be carried out by competent specialists with the knowledge and experience to identify plant species accurately and to assess objectively the age of maturity of the different plant species. Moreover, the study takes time, at least three years,” comments L. Žibienė.

Maintaining biodiversity is a key objective

L. Žibienė hopes that the study, funded by Ignitis Renewables, will help to shape best practices in the operation of solar parks. It is hoped that the findings of the study will be of interest not only to businesses but also to researchers. The data is collected in Lauksargiai eldership, Tauragė district. The area will be used for the development of green energy production through the installation of a hybrid wind and solar park. The wind farms have already been built and a 22 MW solar park is being built next to them.

“Our study will monitor the diversity of flora and fauna: before the power plants are built, while they are in operation, and one year after they start operating. This will help us to see how biodiversity changes when solar power plants are installed and how nature recovers over time. We will also be working on a range of environmental initiatives to see how they help improve the environment,” says the representative of the green energy company.

L. Žibienė says that the environment is most affected during the construction process itself. According to the expert, the soil is compacted by heavy machinery and construction work, which leads to soil erosion. “Construction machinery alters the vegetation, breaking up herbaceous plants and weakening the seed bank deep in the ground. Insects feel the soil degradation. In nature, everything is interconnected, so as insect populations decline, rodents, birds and eventually larger animals find it harder to find food,” says the expert.

Creating favourable conditions for birds and animals

According to L. Žibienė, Ignitis Renewables is looking for ways to build and maintain solar power plants to minimise their negative impact on the environment. The company is also planning voluntary environmental initiatives to improve the state of nature.

“For example, in the hybrid park, we are following best practice principles and putting in place measures to protect biodiversity. We plan to install a fence that will be no more than 2.5 m high and up to 0.5 m above the ground, which will allow small animals to move around freely. The fences surrounding the solar park will be painted in neutral colours. The perimeter of the fenced area will be more than four kilometres, so it has been decided to install 10 single gates so that roe-deer or other animals that accidentally enter the area can escape more safely,” says L. Žibienė about the protection of wild animals.

Another interesting solution is to create perching areas for birds of prey and owls. L. Žibienė points out that the area of the hybrid solar and wind park has a larger population of the Buteoninae, which hunt while perching. Therefore, 13 bird stands will be installed in the area. 

Solar and wind power plants will be surrounded by clover fields

In the area of the solar park, Ignitis Renewables also plans to plant natural herbaceous plants that are specific to that area. According to L. Žibienė, the company wants to test this measure, which is still rarely used in Lithuania, and share its experience.

“We want to prove that green energy can not only repair damage caused by human activity, but also improve the environment. Before, the site was covered with stubble left over from the cessation of farming activities, and low-value weeds. After the construction of the park, we plan to sow a seed mix of grasses specific to the site and specially selected by experts, including ragged-robin, spreading bellflower, meadow pea, and zigzag clover, while the rest will be left to regenerate on their own, i.e. to grow back naturally. It is important to mention that we consult specialists (botanists, ornithologists, etc.) on all the solutions and follow their recommendations. During the operation of the park, the meadow will be maintained and mowed at a time that is favourable for animals and birds, when they are not making nests or laying eggs,” comments the company’s representative.

L. Žibienė reminds that after all of the above-mentioned solutions have been applied, a biodiversity study will be carried out on the site in a year’s time to assess how the flora and fauna have changed during the operation of the solar park. To ensure the quality of the data collected, the study will be carried out by researchers in accordance with strict regulations on research methodology.

Ignitis Renewables will apply all environmental initiatives not only in the park in Tauragė district, but also in its other projects. The information gathered by the green energy company will be freely shared not only with other companies in the energy sector, but also with naturalists and environmentalists.

20 September 2023

Ignitis Renewables is expanding its management team: A. Eslas will lead international business development

A green energy company Ignitis Renewables is expanding its management team. Anu Eslas, an executive with international experience, will oversee international business development at the company. The offshore development specialist started working at Ignitis Renewables on 19 September.

“I believe that A. Eslas joining the management team will contribute to the implementation of a common goal of Ignitis Group and Ignitis Renewables, reaching 4–5 gigawatts (GW) of installed green generation capacity by 2030. We expect to continue the rapid development of our green generation segment, and the experience of the new colleague gained while working in various positions in offshore and onshore business development, international and public relations as well as export, energy and defence sectors will contribute to the successful implementation of our goals,” said Thierry Aelens, CEO at Ignitis Renewables.

A. Eslas will focus on new markets and business development. She will also work to bring the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea closer in the light of the transformation of the energy sector in the region. 

She has many years of experience working in the green energy sector, having worked with offshore wind and international energy cooperation at the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, as CEO of the Estonian Wind Power Energy Association (EWPA), as head of the Estonian Delegation to NATO Industrial Advisory Group (NIAG) and more.

Most recently, A. Eslas has been working as VP Offshore Wind Development Baltic States at RWE Baltics, a branch of RWE Renewables, where she oversaw onshore and offshore wind development, promoted business development in the Baltics and created strategy for entering the renewables market. RWE Renewables is one of the leading renewable energy companies and the second largest offshore wind developer (in terms of the number of wind farms it manages) in the world.

The offshore development specialist strongly believes that green energy development is crucial in reducing energy prices for consumers, strategically important for energy independence as well as an opportunity for Lithuania to become an electricity exporter.

“I am inspired by Ignitis Renewables’ ambitions in the renewable energy sector, including the ones related to offshore wind development in the Baltic Sea. I am greatly honoured to join the team and lead the international business development front. Together with a team of top professionals, we will form the future of the region’s energy sector and promote sustainable energy solutions internationally,” said A. Eslas.

Currently, Ignitis Renewables is operating in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland.

Hybrid power plant

29 August 2023

Ignitis Renewables is building its first wind and solar hybrid power plant

An international green energy company Ignitis Renewables has started the construction of a solar power plant in Tauragė district in Lithuania, near an operating wind farm. This will be the company’s first wind and solar hybrid power plant, which will enable a more effective utilisation of the land and infrastructure.

“Our wind farm has been successfully operating in Tauragė district for over 10 years, and we are currently installing a solar power plant nearby. This will be the first wind and solar hybrid power plant that Ignitis Renewables has built. It will undoubtedly contribute to our and Ignitis Group’s goal to increase our green generation capacity,” said Giedrius Meškelė, Head of Renewable Energy, Lithuania at Ignitis Renewables.

He adds that, by installing and operating the solar power plant, the entire territory and infrastructure will be utilised more effectively. By combining wind and solar power (and with storage technologies on the horizon) hybrid power plants prove to be more economical because the assets may share the infrastructure like roads, and, in some cases, internal electricity networks and substations.

Renewable Energy

G. Meškelė also notes that environmental factors were at the forefront throughout the project’s development. The construction is followed by unique research, which will provide some insight on what impact the solar power plant installation has on nature and biodiversity. Specialists will monitor changes in flora and fauna at the power plant for three years, and later they are planning environmental initiatives in order to establish good practices.

The capacity of the power plant under construction in a 32-ha territory will reach 22 MW. Alone, it will power around 13,000 homes. Together with the 25 MW wind farm, they will power around 40,000 households in Lithuania.

The current construction plans include installing solar panels and their mounting structures, laying underground cables. The solar power plant should start operating in 2024.

16 August 2023

Mažeikiai wind farm commenced commercial operations

The first wind farm, built independently in Lithuania by the international green energy company Ignitis Renewables in the Mažeikiai district, has reached the start of its commercial operation. This step brings Ignitis Group closer to implementing its green generation goals. It is estimated that the 63 megawatt (MW) wind farm will help power over 50,000 homes with clean renewable energy.

“Our ambitious goals include increasing Ignitis Group’s green generation capacity 4 times from 1.2 GW in 2022 to 4–5 GW in 2030. Mažeikiai wind farm is the first wind farm we built in Lithuania from the ground up, thus its commercial operations date notes an important milestone in pursuit of these goals,” said Ignitis Group CEO Darius Maikštėnas.

The wind farm commenced commercial operations after the wind turbine supplier Nordex Energy SE & Co. KG transferred over the legal liability of the wind turbines. The wind farm operating in Mažeikiai district comprises 14 wind turbines, 4.5 MW each. The wind farm is now fully operational even though, due to additional work required, legal liability for one of the 14 wind turbines is expected to be taken over in September 2023. The wind farm operates under market conditions without state subsidies or grants.

Since the COD of Mažeikiai wind farm, Ignitis Group’s total installed green generation capacity increased to 1.3 GW (from 1.2 GW). The total investments into this project reach EUR 80–85 million. Over the last 5 years, Ignitis Group has invested around EUR 900 million in renewable energy projects with 70 percent of the investments made in Lithuania.

03 August 2023

Community support project launched by Ignitis Renewables is catching pace: the company invites to be creative

For the second year running, Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, invites communities of the country living near solar and wind farms to apply for financial support. This year, the value of the support fund in Lithuania is EUR 300,000, which will be allocated to projects developed by communities living close to the company’s facilities. Ignitis Renewables will support sustainable and environmentally friendly initiatives and projects proposed by these communities that can make a significant difference and improve life in the area.

“Close ties with communities where we work together to create a more sustainable world are one of the key principles of our sustainable and responsible operations. That’s why we work closely with local people and businesses to develop both a greener environment and value for the country’s regions. It is very important for us to hear and listen to the needs of communities, to understand their expectations and to contribute to a more sustainable everyday life. Experience and perspectives show that together with local residents we can make a significant difference,” says Emilija Musteikytė, Community Manager at Ignitis Renewables.

Communities are invited to apply for social, educational, artistic, cultural, scientific and sporting projects, as well as for initiatives to improve and develop the social environment, public infrastructure and environmental protection. In order to help communities build a more sustainable everyday life, this year’s priorities also include energy efficiency, renewable energy production, environmental protection, climate change mitigation, social and educational projects aimed at strengthening entrepreneurship, health and other competences.

“We want the communities that live next to our solar and wind farms not only to improve the energy efficiency of their local infrastructure, but also implement projects that are relevant to the community in the areas of environmental protection, green energy and social change. Our aim is to empower our communities to be a part of the green change”, says the Community Manager.

Inspired by good practice

Last year, the company contributed over EUR 80,000 to sustainable projects and initiatives. With this support, the ideas of people living in Mažeikiai, Kretinga, Tauragė and Jurbarkas districts and those living near Ignitis Renewables power plants were implemented. “They were really surprising. The communities’ projects were inventive, sustainable, original and innovative,” the Community Coordinator at Ignitis Renewables told.

When asked what examples of successful cooperation she could share, she named a few. Pikeļiai community in Mažeikiai district used the support to renovate and adapt their community centre to meet the needs of travelling pilgrims. The financing received is expected to help to attract more tourists and generate additional income for the community.

According to E. Musteikytė, another interesting project was proposed by the Vydmantai community. It has installed solar-powered luminaires in its leisure and bathing area. Meanwhile, the Dainiai II village community in the Jurbarkas district has also upgraded its street lighting to be more cost-effective and more responsive to the safety and comfort needs of its residents.

All ideas are welcome

According to E. Musteikytė, there are lessons to learn from the experience of other countries. For example, Belltown Power, a renewable energy company, also worked closely with a local community when building its Tirgwynt wind farm in central Wales.

This partnership has made it clear that the region’s educational institutions need support. The company contributed to the construction of a new school building, saving it from closure. Now a large number of local schoolchildren visit the wind farm every year.

Thus, community projects and initiatives can take many forms – they can be educational ones. Ignitis Renewables and the #EnergySmartSTART programme in Tauragė are currently running an educational activity “Green Colour of Wind”. This is a local community project that invites tourists from all over Lithuania to an educational activity where they can learn about energy, measure the wind speed or virtually climb to the top of the wind farm.

Educational activities also bring schoolchildren and their teachers to some of the country’s largest wind farms in the region. Here they have integrated lessons in geography and physics. Pupils are told engaging stories about electricity and how it travels to their homes. In groups, they can also assemble and test the operation of power plants and play with artificial wind to generate electricity for their own model power plants. Pupils also try out virtual goggles to look around the inside of the power plant, climb up its gondola and admire the landscape from 120 metres high.

“This example shows that communities can receive support for a wide range of needs. Whether it’s to improve education, save energy or reduce electricity bills. That’s why we are open to all ideas. If your community needs more efficient lighting solutions, energy-saving devices in cultural or public facilities, information boards in places of interest, innovations in sports grounds, put forward our proposals and let’s work together to create a more sustainable future,” E. Musteikytė urged.

Support may be granted for social, educational, artistic, cultural, scientific and sporting projects (excluding extreme and high-risk sports), for the improvement and development of the social environment (including public infrastructure), and for environmental protection projects.

To receive support, communities must complete and submit an application. All the rules for applying for and using the support are available on the company’s website.

02 August 2023

Myths debunked: what drives the decision to pursue a career in the Lithuanian energy sector?

Do our employers really pay low wages? Is it possible to get a job Lithuania without connections? Are women really paid less here? These questions were asked during the traditional summer event of the international professional network Global Lithuanian Leaders at the end of July. A discussion initiated by the international green energy company Ignitis Renewables took place, where Lithuanians from all over the world and foreigners working in Lithuania shared their authentic experiences and debunked some myths about working in the energy sector in Lithuania.

“The global network of Lithuanians brings together not only professionals in many fields, but also a friendly community that contributes to the growth of the Lithuanian economy, so discussions about opportunities to work in Lithuania are important and relevant to them,” says Marija Šaraitė, CEO at Global Lithuanian Leaders. According to her, this year’s professional networking event attracted more than 120 participants from 24 countries around the world, from Mexico to New Zealand. “Most of them are high added-value professionals who have not cut their ties with Lithuania and are ready to contribute to interesting and country-glorifying projects around the world when the opportunity arises,” says M. Šaraitė.

During the event, participants had the opportunity to listen to a discussion initiated by Ignitis Renewables on the myths about getting a job in Lithuania. The main conclusion was that although our country has not yet caught up with the UK or the Netherlands in terms of salaries, Lithuania is not far behind in terms of nature, working environment and management.

The main myths

As the discussion participants acknowledged, most of the myths are related to fears about the transparency of the recruitment process. Margaux Tamašauskas, Legal project manager at Ignitis Renewables, said that her new friends in Lithuania suggested that she should not even try to apply for a job in the energy sector after coming from France.

“Some people I know tried to convince me that the only way to get a job in the energy sector is through connections. In my case, it was the other way around – I was accepted as a professional in my field,” says M. Tamašauskas, who has a PhD in energy law and has worked in Paris for five years. According to her, in her native France, where she pursued her career, young professionals are often looked down upon and have to face many stereotypes. “I was pleasantly surprised to find a team in Lithuania that is motivated, goal-oriented and respects every opinion, regardless of gender or age,” says M. Tamašauskas.

The second myth, that salaries in Lithuania are lower and specialists are valued less than their competence is worth, was refuted by another participant of the discussion – Liudas Karalius, Product Owner at SoliTek. After about five years in the Spanish energy sector, he chose to continue his career in Lithuania and has no regrets about his decision.

“The technology industry in Lithuania, including energy, already boasts competitive salaries, and the choice is often determined not only by salary but also by quality of life. Being in your own environment, among family and friends, surrounded by beautiful nature, with forests and lakes nearby, makes you feel much happier,” says L. Karalius. He says that working with green energy, which is changing the whole of Lithuania, making it cleaner and more sustainable, is even more motivating.

Equal opportunities are important

Gerda Krasauskė, who has spent almost 17 years building her career in the UK, says that the equal opportunities situation in Lithuania has also changed rapidly in the six years she has been working there. She says that in one of the workplaces where she worked before joining Ignitis Renewables, she was the first female head of department, which was still unusual in the Lithuanian energy sector a few years ago.

“For a long time, energy has been perceived as a male-only field, but recently more and more professionals are turning to energy and see the prospects in it,” says G. Krasauskė. The myth that men in Lithuania are paid more than women in equivalent positions is also fading, she says. “I used to believe stereotypes about the lack of diversity in leadership positions in Lithuanian companies, but those stereotypes were quickly disproved,” says G. Krasauskė.

Ieva Augustinaitė, who spent almost ten years working in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is also inclined to dispel the myth that Lithuania still has Soviet-era management traditions. Ieva, who currently works as an investment analyst at Ignitis Renewables, makes no secret of the fact that there were doubts about whether her values and those of her employer would match.

“Working in Amsterdam gave me an impression of what a professional working environment, values, and psychological climate in organisations should be like, so there was no shortage of anxiety. When I came back to Lithuania, I saw that employees have freedom of ideas, a flexible working environment and working hours, and that managers are open and willing to help, demonstrating talent and competence,” says I. Augustinaitė. According to her, the reduced stress and improved work-life balance also help to compensate for the income gap caused by starting in a new position in Lithuania.

01 August 2023

Ignitis Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners entered a partnership to participate in Estonian and Latvian offshore wind tenders

A renewables-focused integrated utility Ignitis Group’s subsidiary Ignitis Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners’ (CIP) New Markets Fund I have signed an agreement to collaborate exclusively on offshore wind opportunities in Estonia and Latvia and intend to jointly bid in the upcoming offshore wind tenders in these countries. The partnership leverages Ignitis Group’s leading market position in the Baltic region and CIP’s global offshore wind expertise. 

Estonia’s adoption of a legal framework for offshore wind site allocation has paved the way for the utilization of extensive offshore wind potential. Meanwhile, Latvia continues to advance the development of legislation to realize their vast offshore wind potential. Ignitis Renewables and CIP aim to become an active and long-term partner for the energy transition in the Baltic region, supporting Estonia and Latvia’s decarbonization targets and energy security ambitions through the deployment of offshore wind. 

The companies will support efforts to develop an offshore wind industry in Estonia and Latvia, focusing on the establishment of a local knowledge hub and workforce to boost employment opportunities in this growing sector. Maximizing local economic benefits is key to establishing a solid foundation and sustainable investment environment. 

“We see the Baltic States as leaders of renewable energy in the future and Ignitis Group is set to lead this regional transition. A strategic partnership with CIP, the world’s largest dedicated fund manager within greenfield renewable energy investments and a global leader in offshore wind will allow us to be on strong footing as we develop offshore projects in Estonia and Latvia”, said Darius Maikštėnas, CEO of Ignitis Group. 

He added, “In the updated long-term corporate strategy of Ignitis Group, which was presented in May this year, we describe the energy sector as an ecosystem and our commitment to maximise sustainable value. Thus, we are updating our purpose, which is creating a 100 percent green and secure energy ecosystem for current and future generations. Our strategy focuses on delivering 4–5 GW of installed green and flexible capacities by 2030.” 

“With today’s announcement, we are taking an important step in contributing to a sustainable and secure energy future for the Baltic region through our New Markets Fund. Alongside our local partner Ignitis Group, one of the largest renewable energy generators in the Baltic region, CIP aims to explore opportunities that tap into Estonia’s and Latvia’s substantial growth potential across renewable technologies including Power-to-X. CIP believes offshore wind has the potential to play a critical role in both nations achieving their targets and transforming the Baltic region into a long-term, self-sustained green energy hub”, stated Ole Kjems Sørensen, Partner in CIP and Head of the New Markets Fund. 

About Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners 

Founded in 2012, CIP today is the world’s largest dedicated fund manager within greenfield renewable energy investments and a global leader in offshore wind. The funds managed by CIP focus on investments in offshore and onshore wind, solar PV, biomass and energy-from-waste, transmission and distribution, reserve capacity, storage, advanced bioenergy, and Power-to-X. 

CIP manages 11 funds and has to date raised approximately EUR 25 billion for investments in energy and associated infrastructure from more than 140 international institutional investors. CIP has approximately 400 employees and 11 offices around the world. 

27 July 2023

Ignitis Renewables: the next generation will be building the green future

The purpose of international green energy company Ignitis Renewables is to facilitate the green generation breakthrough in the region. This breakthrough is critical for our mission to mitigate climate change, conserve nature and ensure energy security in the region. The company’s strategy foresees consistent development of wind and solar generation capacities, but it requires a new generation of professionals. 

“While developing green energy capacities, we are increasing Lithuania’s energy independence and promoting renewable energy sources. However, our activities require competences, and there’s a shortage of them not just in Lithuania but throughout Europe. Therefore, we are encouraging young people to choose energy studies and work together while solving climate issues and working towards sustainable development goals,” said Božena Petikonis-Šabanienė, Head of Human Resources, Baltics and Poland at Ignitis Renewables. 

Ignitis Renewables is implementing the strategic goal of Ignitis Group of reaching 4–5 GW of installed green generation capacity by 2030. This goal aligns with the goal of the European Green Deal to become climate-neutral continent by 2050. It is estimated that working towards these goals will create around 2,500 new jobs for green energy specialists over a decade, and 1,500 of the jobs will be in the offshore sector. 

“The competition among the companies developing renewable energy projects is growing in intensity, including their efforts to win over top talent. The current evolution of the energy sector is similar to what was happening in the IT sector 20 years ago. The traditional energy system used to be simple as the energy was generated, supplied and then consumed but recently the energy sector has been growing more and more complex as it’s being integrated in the economy through technologies and innovations,” said B. Petikonis-Šabanienė. 

According to the representative of Ignitis Renewables, the current energy sector involves a variety of professions, from electrical or AI engineers to HR, communications, environmental or EV expansion specialists. People often choose the energy sector as it aligns with their values. It engages you and keeps you going. And it also challenges you as you need not only the knowledge but also leadership skills and a vision of the future. 

According to Božena, Ignitis Group employs around 4,000 specialists working in 75 different professions. “Besides, we don’t even know some of the professions that will be necessary in the future, so a young person has every chance to contribute to the green transition, find meaning in their work and bring something of value to the world, where we live and where the generations after us will live,” underlines B. Petikonis-Šabanienė. 

According to the Ignitis Renewables Head of Human Resources, this is the reason why companies took upon themselves to promote education. The initial results of their efforts have surprised them. The company participates in the #EnergySmartSTART programme. It’s a programme for students and anyone who is interested in the energy sector. Energy companies that support the programme are implementing various initiatives, organise excursions, meetings with professionals, establish special scholarships, introduce people to career opportunities in the energy sector. 

We are already seeing the first results of the programme. Students are now perceiving the energy sector more favourably. A lot more Lithuanian residents, including students, see career perspectives in the energy sector.  

At the initiative of Ignitis Group, KOG Institute for Marketing and Communication Sciences has conducted a survey, and it showed that 72 percent of the respondents see career perspectives in the energy sector, which 5 pp higher than last year. 61 percent of the surveyed university students and 58 percent schoolchildren see the energy sector as attractive in terms of career opportunities. Compared to last year, their favour towards the sector has increased by 8 percentage points. 

10 July 2023

Ignitis Renewables and Ocean Winds are provisional winners of Lithuanian offshore wind tender

Ignitis Renewables, a subsidiary of a renewables-focused integrated utility Ignitis Group, together with the strategic partner Ocean Winds (OW) submitted the highest development fee at the tender for the 700 megawatt (MW) Lithuanian offshore wind project and are expected to be announced as the provisional winners of the tender for the development of power plants in the maritime area. The bid price was EUR 20 million.

The tender organiser, Lithuanian National Energy Regulatory Council (NERC), introduced a real-time bidding concept, where the bidders competed by offering the highest development fee. Based on the tender procedures, the provisional winner is due to be confirmed by NERC, which oversees the process, no later than the next day after the real-time bidding process has closed. The provisional winner will be announced as the final winner of the tender by the organiser at the beginning of the third quarter of 2023, following the completion of the screening for compliance with national security interests.

“One of Lithuania’s and, in turn, Ignitis Group’s most significant projects for achieving energy independence is offshore wind projects in the Baltic Sea. These projects will dramatically increase the amount of electricity produced from renewable resources, lowering Lithuania’s reliance on electricity imports and guaranteeing affordable electricity for all residents and businesses”, said Darius Maikštėnas, CEO of Ignitis Group.

“Developing an offshore project portfolio in Lithuania and in the Baltics are cornerstones of our newly released updated Ignitis Group strategy, this potential award is the next big step in Ignitis Renewables delivering on the strategic goal of Ignitis Group to deliver 4–5 GW of installed renewables capacity by 2030”, said Thierry Aelens, CEO of Ignitis Renewables.

“We are proud to accompany our partner Ignitis Renewables in unlocking the offshore wind opportunities of the Lithuanian market”, said Bautista Rodriguez, CEO of Ocean Winds.

Following successful compliance with the national security interests screening procedure, Ignitis Renewables and OW will be required to set up a joint company, which will be awarded the development and operation permit that will grant the right to use the maritime area for 41 years.

The maritime area for the offshore wind farm development is located at approximately 30–36 kilometres from Lithuania’s Baltic Sea coast, covering an area of roughly 120 square kilometres. Once operational until the year 2030, the 700 MW offshore wind farm is expected to generate up to 3 terawatt-hours (TWh) of green electricity per year, which would meet up to a quarter of Lithuania’s current electricity demand.

03 July 2023

Ignitis Renewables is to allocate nearly EUR 300,000 for local communities in Lithuania

An international green energy company Ignitis Renewables is continuing sustainable and close cooperation with communities that are located near the renewable energy projects in operation, under construction and under development. From the beginning of July till the end of August communities are welcome to submit applications to receive financial support. This year Ignitis Renewables is planning to allocate up to EUR 300,000 for local communities in Lithuania.

“Partnership with local communities is the basis of sustainable development of Ignitis Renewables. We care about the environment we work in, and so we are open to suggestions on how we could create a more sustainable world together. We want for our renewable energy projects in operation and under construction to create value for the entire region, local communities and business. Partnership based on mutual trust is important to us, so we try to listen to the needs of local communities and find opportunities for sustainable cooperation,” said Giedrius Meškelė, Head of Renewable Energy, Lithuania.

He stressed that Ignitis Renewables is a trusted partner that cares about local communities. “This year we want to invite the communities located near our renewable energy project to take advantage of this opportunity and improve their environment, infrastructure, learn more about environmental protection and green energy,” encouraged Giedrius Meškelė.

Communities have already taken advantage of the financial support

In 2022 Ignitis Renewables has granted financial support to 9 communities located near already operating wind farms in Mažeikiai, Kretinga, Tauragė and Jurbarkas districts. Over EUR 80,000 were allocated to communities.

“Examples of successful utilisation of financial support show that communities are getting active and creative in an effort to utilise the financial support we provide every year. We believe that the examples of successful cooperation will also encourage new communities to apply for financial support,” Emilija Musteikytė, Community Manager at Ignitis Renewables, shared her good experiences.

She said that a project was implemented in Dainiai village, where the lighting infrastructure of the main street was renewed. Under the initiative of Lauksargiai village community Lauksargiškiai electrical installations were replaced at their house of culture. Public infrastructure was improved at Rotuliai village, the community was happy with the restored outdoor stairs next to their meeting place.

The communities from Vydmantų gymnasium in the Kretinga district have drafted projects and applied for financial support, and this year nets for catching balls have been installed at the sports field, and lighting solutions that are charged using solar energy have been installed at the Vydmantai leisure and swimming area.

An energy education programme and educational excursions related to wind energy have been started in Tauragė

“People in Tauragė actively participate in energy education programmes. #EnergySmartSTART programme has already launched two educational projects there. One of them is educating students about energy efficiency, green transition, and the other one is educational excursions related to wind energy. They encourage people to become energy smart as well as create new jobs, boost tourism,” said Emilija Musteikytė.

It has become increasingly important to consume energy responsibly to mitigate the negative impact on the nature and climate. Yet, the lack of relevant knowledge and skills to use energy efficiently can be noticed in the actions of younger generations, and this topic does not necessarily have a place in our education

26 June 2023

Ignitis Renewables signed an agreement to acquire a wind farm project in Kelmė district

Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company that aims to increase clean energy generation capacity and implement new projects in Lithuania, has signed a conditional sale and purchase agreement with E energija for the acquisition of 100% of the shares in its two companies developing an onshore wind farm in Kelmė district.

“This is another important step in expanding our portfolio of wind farm projects in Lithuania and increasing our green generation capacity. We are moving rapidly towards the strategic goal of the entire Ignitis Group to increase green generation and reach 4–5 GW of installed capacity by 2030,” says Thierry Aelens, CEO at Ignitis Renewables.

The first phase of the wind farm has already reached the construction stage, and the capacity of the wind farm in Kelmė district should reach up to 300 MW while electricity generation should start in 2025. Expected investments, including the acquisition price and construction costs, should reach around EUR 550 million. The project will be developed in two phases and Ignitis Renewables will oversee the construction of the wind farm after the transaction is closed.

The wind farm is expected to generate enough clean energy to power around 250,000 households in Lithuania.

According to the CEO of Ignitis Renewables, wind is an inexhaustible resource that enables the production of clean energy, which contributes to reducing the air pollution and slowing down the climate change. Wind farms also contribute to the country’s energy security and reduce fossil fuel imports.

“We started the wind farm project in Kelmė more than 5 years ago and we are proud that in the hands of Ignitis Renewables one of the largest wind projects currently under construction in Lithuania will make a significant contribution to Lithuania’s quest for energy independence,” says Gediminas Uloza, CEO of E energija group, which develops and builds wind, solar, and hybrid wind farms in Lithuania and in neighbouring countries.

Lithuania, which is implementing its National Energy Independence Strategy, has an ambitious target of covering 100% of the country’s electricity needs using renewable sources. Wind energy is therefore playing an increasingly important role, and, in the long term, wind farms are expected to cover more than half of Lithuania’s electricity needs.

Ignitis Renewables operates in the three Baltic states and Poland. It is responsible for onshore and offshore wind, solar, biomass and waste-to-energy projects. Ignitis Renewables currently operates five wind farms in Lithuania: in Jurbarkas, Kretinga, Tauragė, and Mažeikiai. It also operates one wind farm in Poland and another one in Estonia.

15 June 2023

Ignitis Renewables: five facts about wind turbines on the occasion of Global Wind Day

Hundreds of thousands of people work in the wind energy sector around the world, but wind energy is still a mystery to many. That’s why Global Wind Day is celebrated every year on June 15 to discover the benefits and potential of wind energy to change the world. Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company that produces energy from wind, presents five facts about wind power generation.

“Wind is one of the renewable energy sources that generate sustainable and green electricity. It is an inexhaustible resource allowing to produce clean energy, which helps reduce air pollution and slow climate change. Wind farms also help to ensure Lithuania’s energy security and reduce fossil fuel imports,” says Paulius Kalmantas, Communications Partner at Ignitis Renewables.

The spokesperson points out that wind turbines are manufactured in different shapes and sizes to convert wind energy into electricity, but the most common design is three blades mounted on a horizontal axis. They can be mounted in a wide variety of locations: on hills, in open areas, attached to the seabed, while floating turbines may be installed in deep water.

Wind is one of the largest sources of renewable energy today

In Europe, wind energy is one of the most advanced in the world. According to the European Wind Energy Association, wind energy accounts for around 17 percent of the European Union’s electricity demand.

According to Mr Kalmantas, Lithuania is among the leaders on the old continent, but there is room for improvement. According to the Lithuanian Wind Power Association, last year the electricity produced by wind plants accounted for 13.5 percent of Lithuania’s final electricity consumption.

“Lithuania has an ambitious target of generating 100 percent of the country’s electricity needs from renewable sources. Wind energy is therefore playing an increasingly important role, and in the long term, wind turbines should produce more than half of Lithuania’s electricity needs,” says P. Kalmantas.

Wind energy is good for the environment

Wind energy is clean, free, and readily available everywhere in Europe. Wind turbines do not emit greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) – the main cause of climate change – or any other air pollutants which affect our health. Wind energy’s water footprint is close to zero, unlike most other forms of electricity generation.

Wind farms can easily feature alongside agriculture and other human activities.

Wind energy is a strategic industry

“Wind energy does not need to be imported from other countries, and the more we use it, the closer we get to true energy independence. Every new turbine reduces our energy imports and the risk of fossil fuel price volatility. It also helps reduce our electricity bills,” says the spokesperson for Ignitis Renewables.

Wind farms bring huge economic benefits to the country. They create jobs and attract investment.

Wind energy is sustainable

“Along with many benefits for the climate, our energy security, the environment, and society as a whole, wind energy is sustainable. Wind turbines are made of standard materials like concrete, steel, and composite materials for blades,” states P. Kalmantas.

The wind industry and its supply chain are working to develop resource-efficient and sustainable materials, such as low-carbon steel and recyclable composites for blades.

The standard lifetime of a wind farm is around 25-30 years, with the lifetime of some wind turbines being extended to 35 years or longer. This can be achieved by upgrading the components of wind turbines. Wherever possible, wind farms are repowered by replacing old turbines with new ones.

Wind turbines can be recycled

When wind turbines reach the end of their life, wind farm developers take them down and restore the site to its pre-existing condition. Around 90 percent of a wind turbine’s total mass can be recycled. Most components of a wind turbine – the foundation, tower, and nacelle components – go through established recycling practices.

According to Mr Kalmantas, the remaining non-recyclable mass of the wind turbine mostly consists of the turbine blades. Because they are made of composite materials, they’re more difficult to treat than concrete or steel. But many solutions exist, and the wind industry is working to make them fully recyclable.

Currently the wind industry prioritises the reuse of decommissioned blades. This means repairing and upgrading them to extend their lifetime, or fitting them to other wind turbines. Old blades can also be reused for new purposes such as playgrounds, cycle shelters or small urban infrastructure.

Ignitis Renewables is an international green energy company operating in the three Baltic states and Poland. Its objective is to develop onshore and offshore wind, solar energy, biomass and waste-to-energy projects. Through the development of new projects, the company is pursuing the strategic goal of the entire Ignitis Group to achieve 4-5 GW of installed green and flexible power capacity by 2030.

03 May 2023

A favourable wind is blowing for wind farm development in Lithuania, but there are still plenty of challenges

While working towards their climate goals and increasing their energy independence, countries are focusing more and more on one of the most perspective forms of energy generation, which is wind generation. Active wind farm development is attracting investors at a rapid rate. Edgaras Maladauskas, a representative of Lithuanian Wind Power Association, and Božena Petikonis-Šabanienė, Head of Human Resources at Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, are talking about potential challenges.

According to the representative of Lithuanian Wind Power Association Edgaras Maladauskas, Lithuania is implementing very ambitious wind farm projects. The tender for the development of the first offshore wind farm in Lithuania was announced at the end of March, and the tender for a second Lithuanian offshore wind farm is planned in autumn. The two wind farms with a combined capacity of up to 1.4 gigawatts (GW) are expected to start operating in the territorial sea of Lithuania by 2030, and they should generate up to 6 terawatt-hours (TWh) per year. It would cover half of the current electricity demand in Lithuania.

“Installing them would be an important step towards renewables-only energy sector in Lithuania. It is only natural that the projects of such scale are met with certain challenges, which multiplied due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the economic uncertainty. Similar challenges can be observed throughout the world, including rising prices, supply chain and logistical issues, technical issues related to limited grid capacities,” said E. Maladauskas.

He adds that Lithuania also has unique challenges related to legal framework and regulation. Finally, it should be highlighted that there’s a shortage of specialists required for wind energy development. This acute problem is very important in Lithuania since over the last year engineering studies did not attract much attention and interest from young people.

According to E. Maladauskas, the renewables industry will attract even more investments and create more attractive jobs. More and more professionals will choose developing renewables as their future. He underlines that currently the energy sector is mostly short on engineers with technical knowledge and skills.

Thousands of future jobs are already here – investments are being made into professionals to fill those positions

The European Green Deal explicitly states that the competitiveness of countries will depend on their ability to attract the competences necessary for the green energy sector. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that young people become interested in energy. Božena Petikonis-Šabanienė, Head of Human Resources, Baltics & Poland at Ignitis Renewables notes that the shortage of required specialists is one of the factors limiting the development of renewables. On the other hand, specialists who choose energy or engineering studies have a huge potential to get a well-paid job.

“It is a challenge as well as an opportunity. These opportunities are also closely associated with the values of the next generation. Children and students are starting to recognise their importance and value. Although they still sometimes lack understanding that the implementation of such goals is possible by taking very specific steps, which is choosing a profession related to the energy sector. That’s why we started the #EnergySmartSTART programme last year to introduce Lithuanian children and students to the modern energy sector, career opportunities and to encourage them to choose related professions,” said B. Petikonis-Šabanienė.

There’s plenty of opportunities

B. Petikonis-Šabanienė notes that the modern energy sector, including wind generation, is based on advanced technologies and innovations. Those technologies and innovations will play the deciding role while striving for climate neutrality and climate change mitigation, which is affected by human activity. For example, currently there’s a lot of work being done in the development of accumulation and storage solutions necessary to store the energy generated by wind farms and solar parks.

“Working in the green energy sector allows you to directly contribute to solving global problems. It is meaningful as well as interesting work, and it also offers wide growth opportunities. Additionally, the energy sector is vital to all, so professionals in this sector, despite the job market trends in the future, will always remain relevant and in demand,” said B. Petikonis-Šabanienė.

According to Eurostat, the environmental economy, including the green energy sector, in 2020 in the EU had 5.1 million jobs and generated EUR 828 billion in revenue. The employment and added-value indicators of the green energy sector in the EU are rising more rapidly compared to the rest of the economy.

21 April 2023

Financial close achieved for Moray West offshore wind farm

Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company owned by Ignitis Group, announces that Moray West offshore wind farm project, located in the Moray Firth, Scotland, has secured £2bn of non-recourse project finance and reached financial close.

The project is owned by Ocean Winds, a joint venture between ENGIE and EDP Renewables dedicated to offshore wind, and by Ignitis Renewables as a minority shareholder of 5 percent.

“Taking a stake, albeit small, in the Moray West project allows Ignitis Group and in turn Ignitis Renewables to gain experience and valuable know-how in offshore wind project development in other countries, which will be used to develop offshore wind energy in Lithuania,” said Darius Maikštėnas, CEO of Ignitis Group, adding that Ignitis Renewables, together with Ocean Winds, is currently preparing for the first auction for offshore wind in Lithuania.

Financial close allows the Moray West offshore wind farm project to secure the remaining elements of supply chain activity in preparation for installation works in later 2023. The project’s estimated installed capacity is 882 MW and it will have 60 wind turbines, 14.7 MW each, which will be supplied by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.

Moray West offshore wind farm will rely in majority on corporate power purchase agreements (CPPAs) for the commercialisation of its output. CPPAs were signed for more than 50 percent of the project’s output. Furthermore, a long term indexed contract for difference (CfD) was secured for a third of the expected output.

The project is set to be generating full power by 2025 and will produce an equivalent of about 30 percent of all energy consumption in Lithuania.

20 April 2023

Ignitis Renewables launches scholarship fund in Latvia

International green energy company Ignitis Renewables is promoting the studies in Latvia that are strategically important to the energy sector, and this year it will grant EUR 30,000 for scholarships for master’s students in energy. Together with the funds, the company is also introducing Latvian students to the #EnergySmartSTART programme, successfully operating in Lithuania for two years, which is relevant to students and everyone who is interested in energy.

Renewable energy enables the energy smart world. Ignitis Renewables has a goal to facilitate green generation breakthrough in the region. This breakthrough is the core of the company’s mission, which is to mitigate climate change, conserve nature and ensure energy security in the region.

“While developing green energy capacities, we are increasing our energy independence and promoting renewable energy sources. However, all these activities require competences we lack today, not just in Lithuania and Latvia but throughout Europe. Therefore, we are encouraging young people to choose energy studies and work together while solving climate issues and towards sustainable development goals,” said Božena Petikonis-Šabanienė, Head of Human Resources, Baltics and Poland at Ignitis Renewables, during a wind energy conference in Riga.

Ignitis Renewables manages four wind farms in Lithuania; its two other wind farms are located in Poland and Estonia. Currently, the green energy company is also developing new wind farm projects in Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. “Latvia is a part of our home market, where Ignitis Renewables is actively expanding its activities and sees great growth opportunities, but it requires a new generation of specialists. Perspective studies is the beginning of a successful career, and grants for student scholarships only facilitate better conditions to strive for the best results,” underlined the Head of Human Resources at Ignitis Renewables.

Ignitis Renewables supports the #EnergySmartSTART programme, which is directed towards schoolchildren, students and anyone who is interested in energy. Energy companies that support the programme are implementing various initiatives, organise excursions, meetings with professionals, establish special scholarships, introduce people to career opportunities in the energy sector.

During an international conference, representatives of Ignitis Renewables expressed a symbolic commitment to Latvian students who choose energy engineering or electrical engineering studies. “We hope that this is just the beginning, and the grant for scholarships will also encourage other companies in Latvia to invest into the new generation of energy experts,” said B. Petikonis-Šabanienė.

18 April 2023

B. Lāce is going to lead Ignitis Renewables’ expansion in Latvia

An international green energy company Ignitis Renewables, which is a subsidiary of Ignitis Group, is continuing their expansion in Latvia. The growing team is joined by Baiba Lāce, an executive with extensive business development experience. B. Lāce will start the role as a Head of Ignitis Renewables Latvia on 19 April and the initial task will be implementing the renewable energy business expansion strategy in the local market.

“Latvia is a part of our home market, where Ignitis Renewables is actively expanding its activities and sees great growth opportunities. A third of our total project pipeline is in Latvia. It’s natural that, by planning such a large expansion, we want to form a strong team of local professionals,” stated Thierry Aelens, CEO at Ignitis Renewables.

Within the coming years, Ignitis Renewables is planning to invest around EUR 700 million in Latvia. Most of the investments will be directed towards wind and solar energy. The wind farms and solar parks under development should start generating electricity starting from 2025.

“Today it’s never been clearer that we must generate greater volumes of green energy. We believe that Latvia has a great potential, and I will do everything to meaningfully contribute with my skills and experience to the effective operation of the company and development of new projects in my country,” said the new Head of Ignitis Renewables Latvia.

B. Lāce has an extensive experience in business and strategy development. Up until now she worked as a Board Member and Head of Administration at waste management and recycling company Grindplast, and previously she has worked as a CEO at Teikas Pasts, a company providing courier, delivery and transport logistics services.

The new Head of Ignitis Renewables Latvia will be responsible for a separate branch of the company and will be authorised to develop business based on the company’s strategy and lead local specialists. Green energy projects are planned for many years in advance, that’s why it will be equally important to develop and implement greenfield solar and wind projects while popularising green energy ideas.

Ignitis Renewables manages four wind farms in Lithuania, and its two other wind farms are in Poland and Estonia. Additionally, the company is developing around 400 MW of renewable energy projects. Currently, the company is developing new wind farm projects in Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. The company develops new projects in pursuit of Ignitis Group’s strategic goal to reach 4 GW installed green generation capacity in the Baltic region by 2030.

07 February 2023

Members have been selected for a new term of Ignitis Renewables Board

Newly selected Board members of Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, start a four-year term today.

Ignitis Renewables Board comprises of three members: two representatives delegated by the shareholder of the company and one independent Board member. On 7 February 2023, the shareholder of the company – Ignitis Group, approved the new Board composition.

Jonas Rimavičius, Ignitis Group Managment Board Member and CFO, will supervise M&A affairs. Jonas Rimavičius is a strategic-level finance professional, who has experience working in collegial bodies of companies, international capital raising and investment projects.

Vidmantas Salietis, Ignitis Group Managment Board Member and Head of Group Commercial Activities, will supervise strategy and commercial affairs. Vidmantas Salietis is a professional with over a decade of experience in top-level positions in the energy sector.

Peter Overgaard will serve as an Independent Member and supervise renewable energy and engineering affairs. Mr Overgaard has extensive international experience in business development, energy technologies and project management. He is also the CEO of an international energy solutions company Danstoker Group. He previously held managerial positions in companies like Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Aalborg Engineering.

Ignitis Renewables manages renewable energy projects in the Baltics and Poland and is responsible for effective operation of wind farms, supervision of projects under construction and development of new ones. While developing new wind and solar generation projects, the company is implementing the strategic goal of Ignitis Group to increase its Green Generation portfolio.

28 November 2022

More energy professionals join Ignitis Renewables

International green energy company Ignitis Renewables continues to expand further and attracts even more energy experts – senior engineering professional, Duncan Barker, with over 15 years’ experience in the international energy sector, starts as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the company’s head office in Vilnius.

“I am truly privileged to join a great team of skilled and enthusiastic professionals to cooperate in expanding renewable energy projects across all the Baltic countries and in Poland. This region has huge potential for renewables and my goal as CTO is for Ignitis Renewables to fulfill this potential in a technically robust and cost-effective manner. My goal is to utilize my experience to bring international best practice to projects being developed by Ignitis Renewables,” says Duncan Barker.

“The Ignitis Renewables team continues to expand, and our goal is to attract as many international energy professionals as necessary to meet our main target of 4 GW of installed green generation capacity by 2030. We are delighted that Duncan has joined, with his international experience in project development and renewable technology, to help us move faster towards our goal,” says Thierry Aelens, CEO at Ignitis Renewables.

Dr. Barker brings global experience of a diverse range of energy sector projects and technologies into Ignitis Renewables. This includes hydrogen, onshore and offshore wind, solar PV, biomass-fired plants, biogas, energy from waste, biofuel production, hydropower, geothermal power, gas-fired power, carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) and High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC).

Since the beginning of this year, the Ignitis Renewables team has doubled from 31 to 71 employees. The company is now actively hiring even more energy professionals: engineers, environment and permitting project managers, business development managers and many more.

25 November 2022

Ignitis Renewables acquires wind farm project in Lithuania

International green energy company Ignitis Renewables signed an agreement to acquire 100% of shares of the company developing an onshore wind farm in Lithuania. This decision was approved by Ignitis Group’s management board. The wind farm will be situated in Plungė region, Nothwest of Lithuania, with a total installed capacity of up to 218 megawatts (MW), with total expected investment of around EUR 300 million.

“With this transaction, we are strengthening our presence in the domestic market in Lithuania and expanding our green generation capacity, accelerating our progress towards the Group’s ultimate goal of achieving 4 gigawatts (GW) of installed green generation capacity by 2030,” says Thierry Aelens, CEO at Ignitis Renewables.

The project is at an early development stage. The company, which is developing wind park, has already started the environmental impact assessment of the project. It is planned that commercial operations could start in a period of 2026-2030.

With this project, Ignitis Group’s portfolio of green generation projects in operations, construction and development reaches 4.8 GW, of which 1.2 GW in operations and 3.5 GW – under construction or development. Out of total pipeline under construction and development, around 2.2 GW is in Lithuania.

30 September 2022

Ignitis Renewables acquires onshore wind farm project in Poland

Ignitis Renewables signed an agreement to acquire 100% of shares of the company developing an onshore wind farm in Poland. The total capacity of the wind farm Silesia II is up to 137 megawatts (MW). The project is currently at an advanced stage of development with an estimated completion in the second half of 2024.

The turbines at the new wind farm will be provided by a long-term partner of Ignitis Renewables, an international turbines manufacturer Nordex. Total preliminary investments, including the acquisition price and the construction cost, amount to around EUR 240 million. The completed wind farm will operate under market conditions. On top of that, Silesia II is in the vicinity of Silesia I, another under construction wind farm project of Ignitis Renewables, which enables synergies between projects.

“Silesia II will help us improve our position in the neighbouring markets even further and bring us even closer to the target set in the Ignitis Group’s strategy of reaching 4 gigawatts (GW) installed green generation capacity by 2030. I am grateful to our Lithuanian and Polish colleagues for concluding yet another transaction which is significant to the entire Group,” said Thierry Aelens, CEO of Ignitis Renewables.

The closing of the transaction is expected to take place over the next several days, no separate announcement will be made. The acquisition is a significant step forward towards the Ignitis Group‘s objective to reach 4 GW of installed Green Generation capacity by 2030 as set out in the strategy.

Ignitis Group is already operating 1.2 GW portfolio of green generation and has renewable projects pipeline of around 2.5 GW, including Silesia 2.

20 September 2022

Ignitis Renewables starts cooperation with Södra Group

International green energy company Ignitis Renewables and international forest industry concern Södra signed their first construction right agreement for the development of a wind farms in Latvia. With this agreement Ignitis Renewables and Södra start their cooperation.

“Wind farms provide renewable energy that powers homes and businesses all over the globe. Wind power can help you save money, reduce your carbon footprint, and helps fight climate change. Latvia is a strategic market for Ignitis Renewables, and we see great potential here. We are already developing projects in Latvia, currently about 500 MW, and we are looking to increase our portfolio to make a meaningful contribution to the EU climate neutral goals,” says Erika Ščiogoleva, CEO at Ignitis Renewables Latvia.

“Wind farms are renewable sources of energy that do not emit greenhouse gases or other air pollutants. That’s why we are proud to be a part of the projects who contribute towards a better sustainable world. We are confident that our cooperation will lead to great results in the nearest future,” says Lars-Georg Hedlund, Managing director at Södra Latvia.

Södra was founded in 1938 and is the largest forest-owner cooperative in Sweden, with a membership of 53,000 forest owners. Södra is also an international forest industry Group, with 31000 employees around the world. Balancing production efficiency with nature conservation guides everything that Södra does. Södra use every part of the tree and produce timber products, pulp for paper and textiles, and green energy. Södra is a world-leading producer of market pulp and owns one of the largest sawmill operations in Europe. Through value-generating relationships and a long-term approach, Södra is leading the way for the future of sustainable forestry.

18 August 2022

Ignitis Renewables became member of World Forum Offshore Wind

Ignitis Renewables, an international green energy company, has become a member of the World Forum Offshore Wind (WFO), the only organization 100% focused on the promotion of offshore wind globally. It is registered as a non-profit organization in Germany with offices in Hamburg, Tokyo, Taipei, and New York. WFO’s international members represent the entire offshore wind value chain, including utilities, manufacturers, service companies and other non-profit organizations.

WFO’s unique global profile facilitates access to governmental and international forums to open new offshore wind markets and advocate for the global growth of offshore wind energy. The organization was established in 2018 and currently has 93 global members.

Next year, Ignitis Renewables plans to participate in the first ever Lithuanian tender for the construction of offshore wind turbines in the Baltic Sea. WFO membership allows to further expand the circle of potential partners and suppliers, access to a wide range of offshore wind-related information, significantly increase the visibility of the Ignitis renewables brand and participate in global offshore wind events.

27 July 2022

Ignitis Renewables is initiating the construction of the second wind farm in Poland

An international green energy company Ignitis Renewables is announcing its next significant project milestone in Poland – it has signed a contract and initiated the construction of the wind farm in Lower Silesian Voivodeship. Installed capacity of the wind farm will be 50 megawatts (MW), and the total investments will reach approx. EUR 70 million.Wind farm to start generating first electricity at the end of 2023, and estimated production is expected approximately 122 gigawatt-hours (GWh) per year.

In Poland company already owns a wind farm in Pomerania, with a total capacity of 94 MW, and is developing an 80 MW solar power plant portfolio as well as 150 MW greenfield projects.

“The new wind farm in Poland will contribute to the Group’s Green Generation portfolio and will contribute to the reduction of electricity price in the region. It is important to note that the investments of Ignitis Renewables in other markets do not affect the electricity price in Lithuania, but generate profit, which returns to Lithuania in the form of dividends,” said Thierry Aelens, CEO of Ignitis Renewables. According to him, an estimated total return on equity of the project aligns with the return policy of the Group for such projects communicated previously, which is high single-digit, low double-digit.

The construction works of the new wind farm in south-western Poland, near the border with Czech Republic will be carried out by CJR Renewables, a company with extensive experience in onshore wind farm constructions. This contractor also constructed another wind farm of Ignitis Renewables with 94 MW capacity in Pomerania, which launched at the end of last year. It is one of the largest wind farms in Poland and first project of its kind for Ignitis Group in the country.

The wind farm located in Bakow will have 14 3.6 MW wind turbines manufactured by an international turbine manufacturer Nordex. The scope of the project’s schedule ranges over a year. CJR Renewables is currently constructing other wind farms in Peru, Columbia and Portugal.

“With this project, we are strengthening our position in Poland and contributing to Ignitis Group’s goal of delivering the best results from renewable energy projects. A relationship based on trust and commitment that spans many years can only be built by working together,” says Bartosz Sobolewski, Regional Manager of CJR Renewables.

Ignitis Renewables own four operational wind farms in Lithuania, one operational wind farm in Poland and one in Estonia. The entire Green Generation portfolio of Ignitis Group, including operational assets, assets under development and under construction, amount to 1.4 GW.

14 July 2022

Ignitis Renewables secured grid connection capacity for 252 MW solar park in Lithuania

International green energy company Ignitis Renewables has secured grid connection for a 252 megawatt (MW) installed capacity solar park in the Jonava district, Lithuania. Preliminary, Investments are estimated to reach up to EUR 200 million. 

Ignitis Renewables, which is owned by Ignitis Group, on 13 July has signed a letter of intent with electricity transmission system operator Litgrid to secure grid capacity in Jonava region for connection of 252 MW installed capacity solar park which is under development.

“Secured grid capacity for the solar power plant which is under development is an important achievement for the entire Ignitis renewables team and a significant milestone as the Group continues to implement its ambitious green generation portfolio expansion. This project is the largest greenfield investment project developed by us so far. Furthermore, in the future we see an additional development potential in this location. The ability to produce electricity from different renewable energy sources increases the energy independence of the country, helps to solve the challenges of climate change and achieve the goals of sustainable development,” says Thierry Aelens, CEO of Ignitis Renewables. 

The solar park is planned to be constructed and start generating electricity by 2025. The park should operate under market conditions. Project implementation also requires receiving over the next few months a permit to develop the electricity generation capacity from National Energy Regulatory Council (NERC). 

Ignitis Renewables is a green energy company operating in the Baltic states and Poland. It is responsible for developing onshore and offshore wind, solar energy, biomass and waste-to-energy projects and their further management. The company develops new projects in pursuit of Ignitis Group’s strategic goal to reach 4 GW installed green generation capacity by 2030. The Group’s total onshore wind and solar greenfield projects portfolio now is around 650 MW.

13 June 2022

The outline of another wind farm of Ignitis Renewables is becoming clearer

A significant milestone has been reached in a wind farm in Mažeikiai constructed by an international green energy company Ignitis Renewables. Key components, such as turbines, rotors (rotating parts of the turbines) and the longest components – blades, 72 meters in length and weighing around 21 tonnes – are being delivered to the construction site. The installation of the components will start this month, which is another important milestone in the construction of the wind farm. A tower crane, which is 174 m tall, will be used in the process. The crane used for unloading and installation works was delivered for this purpose from Croatia.

Components of 14 wind turbines are impressively large and are transported from the port of Klaipėda to the construction site during the night to minimise the impact on the traffic in Klaipėda and the region. This logistics operation, which took several months, was prepared, and coordinated well in advance with several companies taking part in it, such as component manufacturers, representatives of an international company Nordex Lithuania, specialists of a Polish logistics company NAVIGATOR working together with the local company Fulmennwhile cargo handling services in the port were performed by Klaipėdos Krovinių Terminalas.

“The delivery of all wind turbine components is still in progress and in parallel the contractor is already starting to install the first wind turbines on site,” said Giedrius Meškelė, Head of Renewable Energy, Lithuania Region at Ignitis Renewables, when commenting on the progress.

14 wind turbines with a total capacity of 63 MW are being erected at the wind farm constructed by Ignitis Renewables. Mažeikiai wind farm is being built in pursuit of a strategic goal of Ignitis Group to significantly expand, up to 4 GW, its green generation portfolio within the next eight years.

The wind farm located in Mažeikiai region, in the vicinity of villages Juodeikėliai and Palūšė, should be installed and tested by the end of this year, and green electricity should be supplied from the start of the next year. The total planned investments into the wind farm are over 80 million euros.

Ignitis Renewables owns four operational wind farms in Lithuania with a total capacity of 58 MW. Another 18 MW wind farm is in Estonia, and the largest wind farm owned by the Group, a 94 MW Pomerania wind farm in Poland, has generated first electricity last year. Last year the Group has also signed conditional agreements to acquire three wind farms in Latvia. The total capacity of these farms amounts to 160 MW.

07 June 2022

Ignitis Renewables builds Lithuania’s first hybrid solar and wind park

International green energy company Ignitis Renewables is initiating the development of a solar park in Tauragė region. The State Energy Regulatory Council(NERC) has issued a permit for the development of electricity generation capacity in the vicinity of an existing wind farm.  

According to Thierry Aelens, CEO of Ignitis Renewables, the project opens wider opportunities to use the infrastructure and the land managed by the company more efficiently. “A 10 megawatt (MW) wind farm has been successfully operating in the Tauragė region for over 10 years, and now we will establish a solar park next to a currently operational wind farm. This first solar-wind hybrid park in the history of Ignitis Group will contribute to the Group’s goal of further expanding its green production,” says Thierry Aelens. 

The capacity of the planned solar park should reach 22 MW. This will be enough to cover the electricity demand of around 13,000 Lithuanian households. The solar park is estimated to launch by 2024.

Ignitis Renewables manages four wind farms in Lithuania; its two other wind farms are in Poland and Estonia. Currently, new wind farm projects are also being developed in Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. 

30 May 2022

More international professionals join Ignitis Renewables

Gary Bills, who has more than 15 years of experience in renewables, will lead Ignitis Renewables wind and solar energy projects. The renewable energy professional from the UK has broad knowledge and intricacies of developing and constructing renewable energy projects. Additionally with such a long time in the renewable energy sector he has developed an ability to build business relationships that guarantee long-term partnerships and business growth.

“We are delighted that more and more renewable energy professionals from all over Europe are attracted to joining our international team. Gary Bills’ expertise is essential to achieve Ignitis Group’s key strategic goal of reaching 4 gigawatts (GW) of installed green generation capacity by 2030. We are expanding further and continuing our search for international professionals who will contribute to the historic transformation of the energy sector,” says Thierry Aelens, CEO of Ignitis Renewables.

Over the last few years, Gary Bills has worked as Project Director in Morocco, Ghana, Japan, Asia, the UK as well as Ireland, Sweden, the Balkans, the USA, Ukraine, Argentina and Mexico. He spent 6 years in renewable energy consulting and has worked for Nordex, one of the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturers.

At Ignitis Renewables, Gary Bills will take up the position of Chief Operating Officer for wind and solar development from 30 May and will be responsible for the preparation of the Lithuanian offshore wind project in the Baltic Sea, which will start next year, with a maximum capacity of 700 megawatts (MW) as well as for the identification and development of other wind and solar projects.

“The Baltic countries have a significant untapped potential for additional renewable projects at scale. My role will be to ensure Ignitis is ready to take on the challenge of developing these  projects and recruiting the potential. I believe that my team we will achieve success and to build a good track record that we can be proud of,” says Gary Bills.

In March, Thierry Aelens was appointed as CEO of Ignitis Renewables, an international energy company. He has unique experience in developing offshore wind energy projects and has been directly involved in the implementation of more than 5,000 MW of renewable energy projects. He is an experienced top-level manager with experience in business development, large project implementation, engineering, and offshore wind farm construction.

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