Munich Re Invests $3.31 Billion in German Wind Power Plants

December 30, 2010

Munich Re, via its asset manager MEAG, has concluded a significant investment deal involving wind power plants in Germany. It announced that as of the first of the year, “the Group is acquiring 40 wind turbines in a total of 11 wind parks with an overall output of 73 megawatts.

“The investment for the reinsurance segment in the low three-digit million range is part of the RENT program (Renewable Energy and New Technologies), through which Munich Re plans to invest up to €2.5 billion [3.31 billion] in renewable energies and new environmental technologies over the next few years.

“Nearly all of these wind parks in Thuringia, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Saxony are already on the grid. The seller is wpd AG, Bremen, one of the leading project developers and operators in the European wind energy market.”

Munich Re Board member Thomas Blunck, who is responsible, among other things, for the reinsurance group’s investments, commented: “This acquisition shows how Munich Re can profit from its expertise in the Group. Our scientists determine the meteorological suitability of locations for wind power plants, while our engineers assess the technical aspects of the plants, their risks and performance. We will also use this know-how in the future to build up investments in renewable energies and to achieve attractive returns.

Munich Re noted that it had “launched the RENT investment program at the start of the year. The investment volume to date, in the low three-digit million range for insurance and reinsurance, has been limited to photovoltaic panels in Germany and other European countries. Munich Re’s asset manager MEAG is responsible for selecting and managing the investments.”

Source: Munich Re

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