Energiequelle GmbH celebrates 15 years in business
From fresh start-up to one of the most respected players in the renewable energy industry
Bremen and Kallinchen, 20.11.2012 Energiequelle GmbH, based in Bremen and in the Brandenburg town of Kallinchen (Zossen), can now look back at a full 15 years of experience in the field of renewable energies.
The company was established in 1997 by Joachim Uecker, a Bremen banker by profession, Michael Raschemann, an engineer from Brandenburg, and his wife, Doreen Raschemann. Over the past decade and a half, the three shareholders have grown the firm from a small, family-run start-up business to a renewable energy company with a strong presence and reputation throughout Germany. To date, the Brandenburg and Bremen offices have installed more than 600 wind turbines, solar farms and biogas systems all over Germany and in other European countries, either alone or with partners. As leaders in ‘green power’, they have created and successfully implemented a string of innovative concepts for feeding electricity generated by ecofriendly systems into the national grid. Other features that make the company unique are its concepts for citizen participation and its know-how, amassed over many years, with regard to decentralised, autarchic energy supply, as manifested by the inspiring example established by the Brandenburg village of Feldheim.
Energiequelle has a total workforce of around 120 at its three bases in Bremen, Kallinchen and Penzing (near Munich), as well as about 40 employees in subsidiaries in Treuenbrietzen (Brandenburg) and Rennes, in northern France.
The two directors, Joachim Uecker and Michael Raschemann, are self-confessed champions of ‘local value-added’ – orders are mainly granted to smaller enterprises within the region, thus creating and protecting jobs at the local level. In the state of Brandenburg alone, the success achieved by Energiequelle GmbH has beneficial knock-on effects, directly and indirectly, for several hundred employees and their families.
As director Michael Raschemann explains, ‘In everything we have done in the last 15 years, and are still doing, we have always focused on the welfare and interests of the people concerned. And nothing will change in that respect for at least the next fifteen years.’