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Herausgeber: UKA Umweltgerechte Kraftanlagen GmbH & Co. KG

Mercedes-Benz selects UKA to install around 20 wind turbines at its Papenburg test track in northern Germany

• Mercedes-Benz expands its green energy portfolio with on-site wind power
• New onshore wind farm with more than 120 MW to cover around 20 percent of Mercedes-Benz Group AG's annual electricity requirements in Germany from 2026 onwards
• Long-term cooperation with investment in the hundreds of millions: Installation and operation of approx. 20 wind turbines planned by energy park developer UKA
• Construction to begin in the coming year, subject to the necessary official approvals

Visualization of the planned wind farm<br />
© Mercedes Benz
Visualization of the planned wind farm
© Mercedes Benz
Meißen/Papenburg (renewablepress) - Mercedes-Benz plans for installing a wind farm at its test track in Papenburg, northern Germany, are taking shape: German energy park developer UKA (Umweltgerechte Kraftanlagen GmbH & Co. KG) has been awarded a long-term contract worth hundreds of millions to erect approximately 20 wind turbines by middle of the decade. The planned wind farm with a capacity of more than 120 MW will be operational on the site as part of a power purchase agreement (PPA) sufficient to cover around 20 percent of the annual electricity requirements of Mercedes-Benz Group AG in Germany. The installation of photovoltaic systems on the test track is also being examined. The approval process for the wind farm is to start before the end of this year. Subject to the necessary regulatory approvals, construction of the wind turbines could begin as early as next year, and the wind farm could become operational in 2026.

"Mercedes-Benz is proud to be making an important contribution to the expansion of wind energy in Germany with the new wind farm in Papenburg. By 2039, we intend to cover the energy needs of our global production network entirely with renewable energies, and therefore without CO2 emissions. We are systematically gearing our locations up for this."
Jörg Burzer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Production and Supply Chain Management

"We at UKA are very pleased that a tender was decided in our favour and are proud to be able to implement this project together with Mercedes-Benz. We all benefit from affordable, clean electricity produced independently in Germany."
Gernot Gauglitz, Managing Director UKA

The approximately 800-hectare Papenburg test track has been an integral part of the company's research and development activities since 1998. With this project, Mercedes-Benz is expanding its green power portfolio in the medium term and at the same time actively supporting the expansion of onshore wind energy in Germany. The planning for the implementation of the wind farm project by UKA and the ecologically sustainable use of the area is being carried out in close collaboration with the relevant local authorities and local stakeholders.

About UKA – Environmentally compatible power generation:

The UKA Group has around 880 employees and is currently active in Europe as well as in North and South America. As a full-service developer, UKA not only covers the entire value chain but also operates wind and solar parks itself. Founded in 1999, the company is one of the leading German project developers and currently has an onshore wind project pipeline of about 1.8 gigawatts pending approval in Germany. UKA has also grown strongly internationally in recent years. The UKA Group's current project pipeline for wind and solar projects now exceeds 14 gigawatts.

Mercedes-Benz Group at a glance:

Mercedes-Benz Group AG is one of the most successful automotive companies in the world. With Mercedes-Benz AG, the vehicle manufacturer is one of the largest suppliers of high-end passenger cars and premium vans. Mercedes-Benz Mobility AG offers financing, leasing, vehicle subscriptions and rentals, fleet management, digital services related to charging and payment, insurance brokerage and innovative mobility services. The company founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Mercedes-Benz sees shaping the future of mobility in a safe and sustainable way as both a motivation and an obligation. The company's focus therefore remains on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior vehicles that both captivate and inspire. Mercedes-Benz is consistently investing in the development of efficient drive systems and setting the course for an all-electric future: The brand with the Mercedes star is pursuing the goal of becoming fully electric by 2030 – wherever market conditions permit. With this strategic aim from "Electric first" to "Electric only", Mercedes-Benz is accelerating its transformation into an all-electric and software-driven future. In addition, the company is pushing ahead with the intelligent networking of its vehicles, autonomous driving and new mobility concepts with vigour, because Mercedes-Benz considers it both a claim and an obligation to live up to its responsibility for society and the environment. Mercedes-Benz sells its vehicles and services in almost every country in the world and has production facilities in Europe, North and Latin America, Asia and Africa. The brand portfolio includes Mercedes-Benz, the world's most valuable luxury car brand (source: Interbrand study, 03.11.2022), Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Maybach, Mercedes-EQ and Mercedes me, as well as the Mercedes-Benz Mobility brands: Mercedes-Benz Bank, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and Athlon. The company is listed on the Frankfurt and Stuttgart stock exchanges (stock exchange symbol MBG). In 2022, the Group had a total of around 170,000 employees and sold around 2.5 million vehicles. Revenues totalled €150 billion euros and EBIT stood at 20.5 billion euros.

As an internationally active company, equal opportunities, diversity, openness and respect are among the fundamental beliefs of Mercedes-Benz. We show this in the way in which we think, act and communicate. All chosen terms naturally always include all genders and identities.

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Caption: Visualization of the planned wind farm
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Meißen/Papenburg, 24 May 2023

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About UKA Umweltgerechte Kraftanlagen GmbH & Co. KG

The energy park developer
As a full-service developer, the UKA Group plans, builds, operates, and sells wind and photovoltaic (PV) farms. It provides sustainable power supplies in Germany, Europe and America that are independent of fossil energy imports, ensure low electricity generation costs, and are climate-friendly. UKA is an owner-managed company that has been pursuing a long-term business strategy since its founding in 1999. The company’s employees are committed to delivering the best possible project results that meet the highest criteria for quality and economic efficiency. All projects are systematically advanced, even when external circumstances require an extra measure of patience and perseverance.
The UKA Group is one of the leading project developers for renewable energies in Germany. UKA’s project pipeline in all its markets currently exceeds 19 gigawatts. In addition, the Group’s asset management subsidiary UKB handles the technical and commercial management of wind and PV farms in Germany.

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