BayWa r.e. expands UK Operation & Services capability with acquisition of Becon Consultancy
Milton Keynes, 15 May 2018: BayWa r.e., a global renewable service provider, energy developer and wholesaler, has purchased the UK based renewable energy service provider, Becon Consultancy.
Based in Scotland and established in 2009, Becon Consultancy has grown to be one of the leading service providers for high voltage maintenance and switching services, landscaping maintenance and civil groundworks for renewable energy schemes in the UK.
Oliver Niedhöfer, Managing Director of BayWa r.e. Operation Service Limited, commented: “The acquisition of Becon Consultancy is a natural progression for us and further strengthens our scope of services in the UK by adding specialist civil groundworks, high voltage electrical services and landscaping expertise. I’m delighted to welcome the team onboard.”
BayWa r.e. has seen strong growth in the UK market and has grown its serviced portfolio to over 1 GW of utility-scale wind and solar projects. This includes the operation and maintenance of the biggest solar farm in Northern Ireland and most recently a two-year contract for the management of solar plants on behalf of METKA EGN.
A truly global service provider, BayWa r.e. now has over 4.5 GW of assets under operations management and is active throughput Europe, the US, Australia, Africa and Central America.
Tobias Bittkau, Managing Director of BayWa r.e. Operation Services GmbH, added: “BayWa r.e. is one of a few service providers in the UK, and globally, who is able to offer comprehensive wind and solar services. This latest acquisition forms part of a programme of ongoing investment designed to provide our clients with the very best technical services, digital systems and the most experienced and safest operators in the industry. Our expertise and range of services allows us to manage all operational needs – maximising energy generation and minimising downtime.”
Stuart Beattie, Managing Director of Becon Consultancy, said: “We’re very pleased to join the BayWa r.e group, which is a perfect fit for us. We have the same customer service driven focus, commitment to developing new technical solutions and an uncompromising approach to Health and Safety. With our expertise and services now combined, I believe our capabilities and service offering to the UK market are now unmatched.”
Earlier this month BayWa r.e. Operation Service was officially accredited by the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) in the UK. The NICEIC accreditation covers all BayWa r.e. operated sites in the UK and ensures their clients that the highest standards of safety and professionalism are maintained across their projects.
BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH (BayWa r.e.):
As a full subsidiary of BayWa AG, BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH groups together the activities of the solar energy, wind energy and bioenergy business units. With headquarters in Munich, BayWa r.e. is active worldwide. As a full-service partner with around 1,400 employees and more than 25 years of market experience, BayWa r.e. provides consulting services and develops, implements and manages projects in the area of renewable energy. The company also covers plant operation and maintenance. Other business activities encompass photovoltaic component trade and the purchase and marketing of energy from renewable sources.