UAE’s Clean Energy Powerhouse Masdar Expands European Footprint With 1GW Portfolio

UAE’s Clean Energy Powerhouse Masdar Expands European Footprint With 1GW Portfolio

Masdar, the UAE’s clean energy powerhouse announced the acquisition of eight hybrid renewable energy projects, along with Taaleri Energia, a Finland-based renewable energy developer and fund manager, marking a significant expansion to both companies’ Polish renewable energy portfolios. The announcement was made on December 4, and follows a series of announcements by the government owned major at COP28 in Abu Dhabi. Masdar is jointly owned by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala), and Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), and under this ownership the company is targeting a renewable energy portfolio capacity of at least 100 gigawatts (GW) by 2030 and an annual green hydrogen production capacity of up to 1 million tonnes by the same year.

Masdar and Taaleri Energia have purchased the projects from Domrel Biuro Usług Inwestycyjnych (Domrel), a leading developer in the Polish renewable energy market specializing in the development of RES power plants across Poland. They will maintain an ongoing relationship with Domrel to progress the projects through the required developmental stages.

Once operational, the eight projects, which include solar photovoltaic (PV) and onshore wind technologies, will have a combined capacity of more than 1 gigawatt (GW). They represent a significant expansion in Masdar’s growing European portfolio.

By developing hybrid PV solar and wind projects, Masdar is capitalizing on recent amendments to the Polish Energy Law, known as Cable Pooling, which allow for the linking of different renewable energy sources in a single grid connection.

Solar and wind power rarely operate at full capacity at the same time due to the intermittent power generation from wind and the sun. Cable Pooling helps to stabilize renewable energy generation at each connection, while optimizing the grid to ensure reliable power supply to homes and businesses across Poland. The amendment, which entered into force in October 2023, is expected to add approximately 25GW of renewable capacity in Poland.

The agreement was signed by Masdar Head, Development and Investment (Europe), Amalia Giannakikou, Taaleri Energia Investment Director, Stephen Butler and Domrel Business Development Manager, Michał Wiśniewski.

This key announcement builds on Masdar’s existing investments and commitments in Poland, including the Mlawa Wind Farm, located in Mazowieckie in the north of the country, and the Grajewo Wind Farm, located in Podlaskie, in the north-east. The projects were inaugurated in 2021 and have a combined installed operational capacity of 51.4MW.

Taaleri Energia Managing Director, Kai Rintala said: “We are delighted with the acquisition of these eight Polish hybrid renewable energy projects. Our partnership with Masdar is an extremely valuable part of our investment strategy in the CEE region. This deal brings the total number of development projects in our SolarWind III Fund portfolio to 61, representing a potential gross generation capacity of 7.6GW.”

Domrel Chief Executive Officer, Maciej Chmielarski, said: “We are very pleased to establish cooperation with partners that are leaders in their home markets and are also dynamically expanding their operations beyond them. For us, a key reason for entering into this strategic collaboration was a shared vision of Poland’s future and common values that bind us as partners with Masdar and Taaleri.”

Poland is seeking to increase installed wind capacity to 11GW by 2040 and solar PV to 10-16GW by the same year. Masdar’s investments in the country will support the nation in meeting the ambitious targets set out in the Energy Policy of Poland, which will have a significant impact on reducing carbon emissions in the country.

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Tony Cheu

Tony is a BSc who has shifted from a career in finance to journalism recently. Passionate about the energy transition, he is particularly keen on the moves being made in the OECD countries to contribute to the energy transition.