Wind energy giant breezes in
Enercon – one of the world’s leading companies in the wind energy sector – has chosen St Ives, Cambridgeshire as the location for its new UK headquarters, creating 15 new jobs.
The German-owned company worked closely with East of England International (EEI), the region’s official international business support organisation and Huntingd-onshire District Council (HDC) to find premises in the best place to support Enercon’s existing installations in the UK.
EEI was also instrumental in introducing Renewables East – the renewable energy agency for the region – which was able to provide an insight into the existing local renewable energy sector and the potential it held for Enercon.
Christoph Klimek, service manager, Enercon said: “St Ives is an ideal location for our new UK base, providing easy access to our existing projects in this part of the UK as well as excellent national and international connections. Our recruitment drive resulted in finding a number of experienced service engineers and an office manager.”
Jacky Holtby of EEI said: “Enercon is a leading global player in the wind energy industry and the news that it is locating here is a great success for our region. Attracting companies in this sector is high on our agenda and adding Enercon to the portfolio of businesses already located in the East of England is a powerful message for potential investors. This is also a testimony to our working partnership with Renewables East.”
James Beal, MD of Renewables East, highlighted its commitment to working with Enercon. He said: “We are looking forward to supporting the company and sharing our first-class links with the renewable energy sector through networking and access to key industry contacts and experience.”
Enercon employs over 10,000 people worldwide and has more than 10,200 wind turbines installed in over 30 countries. Its repair and service division, Enercon Support, guarantees customers 97 per cent reliability of their turbine within a 12-year period.