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German electric utility company RWE Renewables has acquired four offshore wind energy projects in Poland.

The projects will generate up to 1.5GW of energy and are part of efforts by RWE to enter the Polish offshore market and grow its offshore operations across Europe.

RWE Renewables intends to further develop, build and operate the projects.

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Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, CEO at RWE Renewables, said: “As one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies RWE sees great potential for offshore wind parks on the central Polish Baltic Sea. Our strategy is to develop the projects, build them and drive the growth of offshore wind energy in Poland with our operations forward.”

“Poland is a very attractive emerging market for offshore wind, and one with the best-untapped potential in Europe. RWE is keen to enter it early and leverage our global offshore capabilities and strong local presence, in order to help to build a strong Offshore Wind sector in Poland,” says Sven Utermöhlen, COO Europe, Offshore & New Markets RWE Renewables.

RWE Renewables has more than 9GW of installed capacity and 2.6GW of renewable energy capacity under construction, of which 2.5GW are offshore wind projects.

RWE Renewables ranks number 2 within the offshore wind energy market globally.