UKA and VSB are two strong players in renewable energies that have their home in Saxony and are firmly anchored there. UKA employs almost 400 people in the Free State, VSB has more than 200 employees in Saxony. Both companies are broadly positioned in wind as well as in photovoltaics.
After talks, Wolfram Axthelm, Managing Director at the German Wind Energy Association, emphasised that the Free State now needs a debate on opportunities:
"The innovative industrial SMEs in Saxony need a quick perspective on decarbonisation in order to secure and expand their position within national as well as European value chains. The optimism that is already leading to a significant increase in approvals in many federal states can also be felt and justified in the Free State. Saxony can use the impetus from the federal government for more value creation and more employment."
Wieland Zeller, Managing Director at UKA in Dresden:
"In terms of energy policy, we have felt the strongest will for change since we started projecting wind farms at the end of the 90s. After we at UKA grew up as a Saxon company in other federal states, we were finally able to put another wind farm into operation in Saxony with Saidenberg after a long dry spell. Now it's on to the next projects in the Meissen industrial arc and many other regions."
Felix Grolman, CEO of the VSB Group:
"In the past few years, we were able to successfully connect wind farms in other federal states and in other European countries to the grid. But of course Saxony - as the founding location of the VSB Group - is also a fixed factor in the strategic orientation of our renewable energy projects. We see enormous potential in Saxony to catch up with the current backlog with many good projects and to meet the industry's demand for green energy."
According to figures from the German Wind Energy Association, new wind energy projects totalling 46 megawatts were approved in the Free State of Saxony in the first half of 2023. This means that the approvals in Saxony are already more than 50 % of the total for 2022 after the first half of the year.
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