Record year at the Bürgerwindpark Südliche Ortenau

Munich, March 1, 2021 – The year 2020 came to a successful end with a record value for the Bürgerwindpark Südliche Ortenau: With more than 45 million kilowatt hours, the electricity production of the seven wind turbines has reached a new record.

It is the highest electricity production since it was put into operation in 2016. This amount of electricity corresponds to the annual electricity demand of almost 14,000 households. For Jörg Bold, CEO of Ettenheimer Bürgerenergie, this is a clear signal for the future: “We are pleased with the best year of operation so far and will therefore once again receive a bonus payment from the wind farm in the amount of 3,000 euros. We would like to use this money for projects that will further advance the energy transition on the ground.”

Since the beginning of 2020, the municipalities of Ettenheim and Schuttertal have acquired shares in the wind farm company for 16,393 euros and 9,107 euros respectively.

Together, the municipalities now hold 25.5% of the voting rights in Bürgerwindpark Südliche Ortenau GmbH. A further 25.5% of the voting rights are given by the Ettenheimer Bürgerenergie cooperative.

The remaining 49% will remain with a Munich-based investment company of Green City AG. Within the framework of technical management and commercial administration, these ensure trouble-free operation of the seven wind turbines.

Die Möglichkeit für Gemeinden und Genossenschaft, sich am Windpark zu beteiligen, war eine Besonderheit des damaligen Finanzierungsmodells. Jens Mühlhaus, Vorstandssprecher Green City AG: „Teilhabe und Akzeptanz sind der Schlüssel für das Gelingen der Energiewende vor Ort. Das ist seit jeher unser Credo und der Bürgerwindpark Südliche Ortenau ist dafür ein absolutes Paradebeispiel.“ Dank der Mehrheit, die Ettenheim, Schuttertal und die Ettenheimer Bürgerenergie nun gemeinsam haben, können die Bürger der Region zukünftig bei allen wichtigen Entscheidungen zum Windparkbetrieb Einfluss nehmen.

Video: Jörg Bold/Bürgerwindpark Südliche Ortenau