In a new round of substantial efforts to seriously tackle its energy transition, Germany has outlined ambitious goals for the country’s solar power generation infrastructure. Over the coming years, Germany plans to add on average approximately 20 GW of solar capacity every year, quintupling the current annual installation rate. GALILEO and ENVIRIA are ready to substantially contribute to this goal – and the best way to do that, they decided, is together. Therefore, the two dynamic renewable energy players are combining their strengths in a new joint venture.
GALILEO ENVIRIA Solar GmbH positions itself as a versatile and reliable partner for landowners, communities and grid
operators across Germany. Covering the entire value chain for solar projects from planning to financing and
implementation all the way to operations and management of utility-scale, state-of-the-art solar PV power plants, a
team of about 25 talented employees is working together with the joint objective to add approximately 1,000 MW of
solar power pojects to its pipeline every year.
While this will contribute meaningfully to the acceleration of Germany’s energy transition, the new union will also
provide direct advantages for communities and energy consumers. Due to its intimate knowledge of the German energy landscape, the joint venture is ideally equipped to tailor its projects to local needs, in full respect of environmental considerations, involving all stakeholders already at an early stage of development. Additionally, the projects will bring drirect benefits to the communities and will offer energy prices well below current market rates.
Melchior Schulze Brock, ENVIRIA’s founder and CEO, sees a win-win situation in which the environment, private
consumers and the country as a whole benefit equally from strong renewable energy players. “Any company that wants to contribute to the German energy transition needs two things,” he says. “On the one hand, it needs an understanding of the local idiosyncrasies: the needs of the communities, the requirements of national guidelines and regulations, and a robust network of partners and suppliers. That’s what ENVIRIA brings to the table. On the other hand, you need to be able to zoom out and take the broad perspective beyond national borders, beyond solar, and look at the wider European energy transition. GALILEO, with its pan-European, competence-driven multi-technology approach, offers that key complementarity. That’s what makes this joint venture such a natural match.”
Ingmar Wilhelm, GALILEO’s CEO, adds: “Solar PV power generation will make a crucial contribution to the energy
transition in Germany, as it will do in almost all other countries in Europe. This contribution will come from new solar PV power plants both at the distributed level and in the utility-scale segment. ENVIRIA is the right partner to pursue both areas very determinedly. Today, we’re officially launching our joint venture for utility-scale plants across Germany
targeting annual pipeline additions of around 1 GW. The projects from this pipeline will support the objectives of many
energy consumers in the country: clear long-term visibility on energy supply at affordable rates for industrials, small and medium enterprises and households.
Building on its ecosystem of partners, complementary competences and strong financial backing, GALILEO ENVIRIA Solar GmbH has all it needs to support Germany in achieving its solar power generation goals quickly and efficiently. What the joint venture hopes for now is for project cycles to improve substantially. Currently, the development lead times can last up to three or four years, from the signing of the first land lease option contract to the commissioning of the solar park. The ongoing energy crisis requires bold actions from national as well as regional governments and the regulatory authorities to de-bureaucratize and accelerate the energy transition in the country. Either way, this new joint venture will work hard to make a greener Germany become reality.