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Who we are

PNE Wind Group is a German wind power pioneer operating on an international level and it is one of the most experienced project developers of onshore and offshore wind farms. Based on this success, the Group has developed to become a “clean energy solutions provider”.

The two brands operated by the PNE WIND Group are PNE WIND and WKN. From initial site exploration and the approval procedure performance via financing and turn-key construction to operation and re-powering at the end of the system's useful life, the Company's services encompass all the phases of developing and operating wind farms.

This way, the Company combines economic success and responsibility for the environment and based on this strong position, we continue to develop.

This way, we take into consideration both changing framework conditions for renewable energies and changes on the market, but we are also able to considerably diversify our product and services portfolio. Furthermore we can offer decentralized solutions.

In the future, the strategic orientation of PNE WIND will include the entire renewable energy value chain and the processing of electricity.

In addition to wind energy, in the future the Company’s offer will include photovoltaic, electricity storage and power-to-gas technologies with a focus on hydrogen.

The development of our different business segments is coupled with by a regional expansion of our business activities: in addition to industrial countries, our commercial activities cover developing countries in Latin America, Africa and in both the Middle and Far East.

The approximately 360 employees of the PNE WIND Group dedicate themselves daily to moving one step closer to realising the vision of energy supplies provided solely by renewable energy sources. For clean, sustainable energy production - now and in the future.

Our strategy

Usage of the Renewable Energy Value Chain

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The PNE WIND Group offers services covering the entire value chain ranging from the development, planning, realisation, financing, operations and sales to re-powering of on-shore wind farms in Germany and abroad, all from one source. The offshore wind farms at sea are developed up to the point where they are ready to be constructed. Our goal is to realise our projects in close collaboration with all parties involved. From initial surveys through to wind farm operation, we agree every step with local citizens, authorities, politicians, municipal authorities and investors. 

Through its subsidiaries and joint ventures, PNE WIND Group currently operates in Europe, South Africa and North America. This broad and flexible structure makes the group of companies more independent of potential fluctuations in individual markets and business areas. For this reason, we also plan the extension of our commercial activities to other markets – including, but not limited to, developing countries with a high energy demand. 

Essential factors for the entry into new markets include secure, calculable framework conditions and co-operation with local partners who have an extensive network at their disposal. 

The PNE WIND Group has been successfully operating on the wind power market since 1990. In doing so, we make an effective contribution to climate protection and work on developing a future-oriented technology. 

On this solid basis, the Company has developed to become a “clean energy solutions provider” with regard to renewable energy from different renewable energy sources.

In the future, the strategic orientation of PNE WIND Group will include photovoltaic, energy storage and power-to-gas technologies in addition to wind energy. 

Corporate history

A short journey through the history of PNE WIND

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1994

Company founded

The foundation stone of our corporate history was laid in Cuxhaven in 1994 with the establishment of "Windpark Marschland GmbH".
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1997

Our first wind farm

Two years later, in 1997, we proudly completed our first wind farm in Nordleda.
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1998

Stock market flotation

In 1998, the company was floated on the stock market under the name "Plambeck Neue Energien AG". The initials PNE are still used in our company name.
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2000

100 MW wind power

We passed the first major milestone in 2000 on exceeding 100 MW of installed nominal capacity from wind energy.
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2004

Growing strongly

Wind farms at sea are an important mainstay of the energy revolution. In 2004, we obtained a building permit for our first offshore project, "Borkum Riffgrund I". This wind farm now feeds electricity into the German network. Image source: DONG Energy
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2006

500 MW wind power

In 2006, we exceeded 500 MW of installed nominal capacity from wind energy, thus passing another milestone in our corporate history. Another sensational success was achieved the same year with the issue of a building permit for the offshore project "Gode Wind I".
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2007

Globalisation begins

In 2007, Plambeck Neue Energien AG's international growth takes shape with the establishment of the first joint ventures in Hungary, Belgium and Turkey.
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2008

Globalisation progresses

From 2008, the company focuses firmly on its core business of wind farm project planning. Its international activities are also purposefully expanded with the establishment of branches in the UK, Romania and the USA.
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2009

PNE WIND AG

In 2009, the company was renamed "PNE WIND AG". Our offshore business segment is getting better and better; we obtain a building permit for the offshore project "Gode Wind II".
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2010

Gode Wind II ready to construct

The offshore wind farm "Gode Wind II", the planning of which is our responsibility, is made ready for construction.
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2011

Strong partner in Scotland

The Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) selects PNE WIND AG as its partner for the development of a wind farm in central Scotland. The offshore project "Nautilus I" is sold.
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2012

Gode Wind I-III

The offshore wind farm projects "Gode Wind" I to III are sold to the Danish energy concern DONG Energy.
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2013

PNE WIND Group

Mid-2013, the majority shares in WKN AG, which was founded in 1990 in Husum, were acquired by PNE WIND AG. WKN AG is still an independent brand consolidated into the PNE WIND Group. That same year, PNE WIND AG's 100th wind farm is planned successfully and the offshore segment was expanded by the acquisition of the three projects "Atlantis" I-III.
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2014

2,000 MW nominal output

In 2014, the PNE WIND Group reaches the goal of 2,000 MW installed nominal capacity for wind energy, and is now one of the leading, most successful wind power planners.
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2015

UK project pipeline

PNE WIND sells its entire project pipeline in the UK, closing the largest transaction since the sale of the "Gode Wind" offshore projects. In Hesse, we set up our first wind energy trail, inviting people to recharge energy during a walk and learn more about the power of the wind.
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2016

Sale of the wind farm portfolio

In 2014, the PNE WIND Group began to successively bundle completed wind farms into a portfolio. In December 2016 the wind farm portfolio with a size of 142 MW was sold to a subsidiary of Allianz Global Investors. A strategy which until then was unique in the German wind industry. PNE WIND holds a 20 percent share in the portfolio and is responsible for the operational management.

Sustainability

Ecology and Economy

We are making a substantial contribution to the reduction of damaging climatic gases with the wind farms projected and operated by us and, thus, to the protection of man, the environment and nature. Generation of electricity from wind power not only makes positive contributions to the environment, but it also contributes to saving the limited reserves of fossil fuels since these are far too valuable just to be burned. 

From a macro-economic point of view, there is a positive effect in that generation of electricity from renewable energy sources is decentralised, reducing and avoiding the import of expensive fuel. Value is added where electricity is generated from wind power or, in the future, where it is generated from additional renewable energy sources. 

We are sustainably strengthening the local economy by working consistently with partners on site. 

In this respect, the principle also applies to professionally qualified cooperation based on trust with the project partners and other participants. 

Thanks to our employees’ qualifications and their work experience we are able to achieve and maintain very high standards for the different tasks and responsibilities. PNE WIND develops high-quality projects. Our expertise in the market should be further strengthened through the assurance of the qualifications of our employees and the constant optimisation of the processes. 

With continuous training and qualification of young people, we ensure training places and we assume social responsibilities. As a general rule the young employees remain with the Company after training.