WKN Haus der Zukunftsenergien


WKN Group projects from establishment to date

WKN founded

WKN Windkraft Nord GmbH is established. The company's purpose and objective are to develop wind farms.

First wind farm in operation

Commissioning of the first wind farm in Hedwigenkoog, Northern Germany. With 2.25 MW, the largest wind farm in Germany at that time. 

Further successes in Schleswig-Holstein

WKN constructs five further wind farms in Schleswig-Holstein. Wind power turbines of the 500 and 600 kilowatt categories are installed. 

Realisation within short period

In a period of two years, 10 wind farms with a total of 67 wind turbines are erected. Moreover, a wind turbine of the 1.65 MW category is commissioned, followed by the first 2 MW wind turbine.

WKN becomes a corporation (AG) and expands abroad

On January 1, WKN Windkraft Nord and its parent company, BGZ Beteiligungsgesellschaft Zukunftsenergien, change their company form and become public companies. In September, WKN together with the holding BGZ AG and its other subsidiaries moves into the "Haus der Zukunftsenergien" (House of Future Energies) in Husum. With this step, the idea of a competence centre for the use of regenerative energy sources has become reality.

Moreover WKN takes up business activities abroad. The first target market is Spain, where WKN signs a cooperation agreement with a local planner in 2000. In the same year, a further cooperation agreement is reached in Poland. 

Commissioning of the biggest wind farm of WKN so far

In August, WKN commissions its biggest wind farm so far. The Apensen wind farm consists of 21 wind turbines of the 1.65 MW category. 

WKN USA Inc. is founded in the USA as a 100% subsidiary of WKN AG. 

Regional office in France and a joint venture in Italy established

At the beginning of the year, WKN opens its own regional office in France, which serves to identify appropriate sites and secure project rights. In Italy, WKN concludes a joint venture with Aero-Sol, a local partner. 

First wind farm with protection concept

As a worldwide novelty, WKN erects the first wind farm with a completely new protection concept provided by the turbine manufacturer. On the Zitz-Warchau wind farm, 20 NEG Micon 1.5 MW wind turbines are installed. 

Construction of the biggest wind farm of WKN so far

At the end of the year, WKN Windkraft Nord AG constructs its biggest wind farm so far in Porep-Jännersdorf in Brandenburg (Germany) with 31 wind turbines and 2 MW installed capacity each.

Sale of the first project abroad

WKN sells the first foreign project Francofonte, Sicily (Italy), with a total nominal capacity of 72 MW. 

Further international successes

WKN sells further German projects to international investors. The Italian wind farm Francofonte is constructed. WKN sells its first US project (Snyder wind farm) to one of the biggest energy suppliers in the world. At the end of the year, WKN sells international projects in Poland, Italy and Spain to an internationally operating enterprise. 

WKN and Siemens Project Ventures establish a joint venture with Innovative Wind Concepts GmbH (IWC) for the development of wind energy projects in Eastern and Central Europe.

Handover of Francofonte wind farm in Italy

WKN hand over Francofonte, the first Italian turn-key wind farm, to the investor. The Karstädt wind farm in Brandenburg (Germany) with a total nominal output of 20 MW is completed. 

Project sales in France, Sicily and Germany

WKN sells, among others, projects in France (130 MW) and Sicily (58 MW). In September, WKN sells the Brandenburg-based Wehrhain wind farm with a total installed capacity of 16 MW to a Dutch investor. 

Sale of wind farms in Brandenburg and Poland

In June 2010, WKN sells the Lübbenau wind farm in Brandenburg with a total installed capacity of 16 MW to a Swiss group of companies. At the end of the year, an investment company acquires the 50 MW wind farm Bardy in Poland, which was developed by WKN. 

Change of WKN's name

In mid-2011, the Husum-based group merges its companies in order to enhance procedures and focus on the WKN AG brand. WKN Windkraft Nord AG is now called WKN AG. 

Sale of German turn-key wind farms

WKN again sells several German turn-key wind farms to international investors. 

Majority shares in WKN purchased by PNE WIND AG

Mid-year, the majority shares in WKN AG are purchased by PNE WIND AG headquartered in Cuxhaven, Germany. WKN AG continues to operate as an independent brand. 

Commissioning and sale of numerous projects

The WKN Group hands over numerous German turn-key wind farms to various investors and successfully realises the repowering project Weidehof. The French Dargies project, which was sold in autumn 2013, is being erected and commissioned on schedule. 

Sale of the Westerengel wind farm

At the end of the year, WKN AG sells the turn-key wind farm Westerengel. 

Framework agreement with the John Laing Group

At the beginning of the year, WKN concludes a framework agreement with the John Laing Group for various projects in France. In the same year, the French wind farms Sommette-Eaucourt and Saint Martin l’Ars are sold to the investor John Laing.

WKN achieves significant sales successes

The Kirchenengel wind farm in Thuringia is sold completely. In addition, the company sells the Laxaskogen wind farm in Sweden, project rights in the USA and the two French wind farms Longèves and Riaucourt. 

Change of WKN's legal form and great success in Europe

WKN changes its legal form to a limited liability company (GmbH) and becomes a 100% subsidiary of PNE AG. 

WKN is awarded the contract for the Barwice (42 MW) and Jasna (132 MW) projects in the Polish wind tender. The Barwice project is sold in the same year. In addition, project rights for three further French wind farms and the French Laperrière wind farm with 19.2 MW are sold. WKN is also selling further projects in Italy at the same time. The French wind farms Sommette and Saint Martin are handed over to the investor John Laing Group plc on schedule after commissioning. The Groß Niendorf wind farm in Schleswig-Holstein also starts its operations. 

Moreover WKN and its subsidiary WKN WERTEWIND GmbH are the first companies to be awarded the "Fairer Windparkplaner Schleswig-Holstein" seal (seal for wind farm planners with fair practices).

Sales and start of construction of projects in Poland and Sweden

In Sweden, the Laxaskogen wind farm is completed. Another Swedish wind farm Målarberget is sold, construction starts in the same year. In addition, WKN's largest project to date, the Polish Jasna wind farm with a total nominal output of 132 MW, is sold.

Great progress in Poland and Sweden

In Poland, the Barwice and Jasna wind farms are completed with a total nominal output of 174 MW. In addition, the construction of two further Polish projects starts. Further German wind farms can be commissioned and go into the PNE Group's own portfolio.

2,000 MW nominal power

WKN is successful in different markets including Poland and Germany and exceeds the mark of 2,000 MW installed rated output.

New Managing Director at WKN

In the middle of the year, Dr Jan Messer was appointed as the new managing director of WKN GmbH, succeeding Gabriel Meurer, who went into well-earned retirement at the end of September.

In addition, the "Gnutz I" wind farm was commissioned for own operation of the PNE Group, the construction of wind farms on behalf of customers in Sweden, Poland and France continued and further projects were developed nationally and internationally.

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