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SWM Renewable Energies expansion campaign

By 2025, SWM is aiming to produce as much green electricity at its own plants as required to power the entire city of Munich. This would make Munich the first city worldwide with over a million residents to have achieved this target!

In 2008, SWM already started implementing its ex-pansion campaign for renewable energies and earmarked a budget of nine billion euros for the project.

First expansion target achieved

SWM already achieved its first major climate protection target in May 2015 – its plants produce the green energy required to power all private households in Munich as well as MVG’s electrically-powered public transport infrastructure. This was an important step on the road to achieving “100 percent green electricity for Munich”. Other projects have also been realized in the meantime. Before long, SWM will therefore be able to draw on a generation capacity of over 3.5 billion kilowatt hours of green electricity – a figure that already corresponds with around 50 percent of Munich’s electricity requirements. In addition to hydroelectric, geo-thermal, solar and biomass power, wind power also plays a central role in the SWM strategy.

Regional and Europe-wide commitment

Projects in Munich and its surrounding region have been prioritized by SWM. The company currently operates 24 photovoltaic plants in this region. The portfolio in Munich and the surrounding region also includes 13 hydroelectric power plants, a biogas processing plant, a geo-thermal cogeneration plant, two geothermal plants and a wind park. Further power plants are planned.

Nevertheless, SWM is unable to generate as much renewable power in the region around Munich as is required for the metropolis, as the regional potential is limited. That is why the company participates in projects in the rest of Germany and Europe. Across the continent, the company selects and uses the most suitable locations for constructing renewable power plants after taking energy and economic viability factors into consideration. SWM is harnessing this potential with a view to safeguarding Munich’s energy future.

SWM green electricity in the ‘euro grid’

The power is fed into the grid where it is produced in an effort to avoid losses involved in transporting power over long distances with power lines. The integrated European power network is comparable to a huge lake. Everyone who generates power feeds into this “lake of energy”, while everyone who consumes power draws from the lake. Every kilowatt hour of renewably-generated power helps to make this European lake a little cleaner.

Being involved in climate-friendly energy generation plants away from Munich is therefore just as significant as doing so in Munich itself. After all, the positive effects on the environment also benefit the residents of Munich. The renewable energy plants already operated by SWM alone save around 2 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year as well as more than 1.1 tons of radioactive waste.

An in-depth look at some projects:


SWM operates more than 100 onshore wind plants in Germany, e.g. a 75 percent stake in the Havelland project; yield: 236 million kWh/year (corresponds with the requirements of 95,000 households in Munich); SWM onshore wind parks (North Rhine Westphalia, Rhineland Palatinate, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg); yield: approx. 100 million kWh/year (corresponds with the re-quirements of 40,000 households in Munich)

SWM owns three onshore wind parks in France.

Yield: 64 million kWh/year (corresponds with the requirements of 26,000 households in Munich)

Since 2015, SWM has owned one onshore wind park in Sweden.

Yield: 400 million kWh/year (corresponds with the requirements of 160,000 households in Munich)

Together with municipal partners SWM is building an onshore wind park in Norway. It will go online in the beginning of 2019. SWM participation: 60 percent (corresponds with the requirements of 84,000 households in Munich).

SWM holds a 33 percent participation in wpd europe – a company currently active in 11 European countries. To date, wind parks in Poland, Croatia, Belgium, France and Finland have been realized, among other projects.

Together with Vattenfall, SWM holds a participation in two offshore wind parks off the coast of the island of Sylt.

The DanTysk wind park has been in operation since 2015.

SWM participation: 49 percent (corresponds with the requirements of 250,000 households in Munich)

More information:

Website of DanTysk

Together with Vattenfall, SWM holds a participation in two offshore wind parks off the coast of the island of Sylt.

The Sandbank wind park is still under construction.

SWM participation: 49 percent (corresponds with the requirements of 250,000 households in Munich)

The offshore wind park Global Tech I is located in the North Sea, around 180 kilometres off Bremerhaven. It has been in operation since 2015.

SWM participation: 25 percent (corresponds with the requirements of 140,000 households in Munich)

Website of Global Tech I

RWE Innogy, SWM and Siemens have been operating the offshore wind park Gwynt y Môr in the Irish Sea since 2015.

Yield: 1.95 billion kWh/year.

SWM participation: 30 percent (corresponds with the requirements of 240,000 households in Munich)

Since 2012, SWM has been running the parabolic trough power plant Andasol 3 in Spain together with partners.

SWM’s participation corresponds with the requirements of 30,000 households in Munich

Solar park in Rothenburg/Oberlausitz – SWM participation: 40 percent (corresponds with the requirements of 3,200 households in Munich)

Thin-film solar plant Lauingen/Donau – SWM participation: 49.9 percent (corresponds with the requirements of 2,000 households in Munich)

The SWM geothermal heating and power plant in Sauerlach produces electricity for 16,000 households in Munich as well as heating for Sauerlach’s households.

The two SWM geothermal power plants in Dürrnhaar and in Kirchstockach (both to the south of Munich) produce electricity for 32,000 households.

The Prater plant is located in the heart of Munich below the Isar. SWM’s participation cor-responds with the requirements of 2,800 households.


  • All calculations are based on an average consumption of 2,500 kWh/year per Munich household.
  • The specified production figures are average and planned values, because solar, wind and water energy sources fluctuate.

If you wish to find out more about energy generation by SWM, please contact us.

Phone: 0800 796 796 0 *
Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
E-Mail: customer-service@swm.de
* toll-free within Germany

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