Energy farm developer UKA has welcomed its 500th employee, just as it marks its 20-year anniversary. A new era has begun for the company with the appointment of Mathias Güthling, who has now joined the project development team at the largest site, situated in Meißen (Germany) – because Mathias Güthling has been appointed Group Director of the Photovoltaic division. Since its founding in 1999 UKA has been focussed on planning and constructing wind farms. After its entry into the solar industry via its US subsidiary UKA North America LLC, UKA is now rolling out this business sector in its home market of Germany as well. The corporate group is thereby focussing on the end-to-end development of ground-mounted photovoltaic installations – from exploration to commissioning. Mathias Güthling will henceforth be working in this sector.
Ralf Breuer, Managing Director at UKA Meißen Projektentwicklung, says: “We are delighted to be able to recruit Mathias Güthling to our company. He has worked in the industry for many years and UKA will certainly be able to profit from the expertise and experience that he brings. At UKA Meißen Projektentwicklung he is responsible for developing the Ground-Mounted Photovoltaic Installations division at the Meißen premises.” This division is currently also being built up at other German UKA sites in Cottbus and Rostock. The company continues to grow in other areas, too. Wencke Müller, Head of Group HR, explains: “We are not only looking for skilled employees to work in photovoltaics, but also for staff in other areas. This applies across all sites.” The UKA Group is currently advertising over 60 vacancies in Germany. UKA is also looking for committed, motivated employees to work at its Stuart site in Florida.
This is in line with the trend seen in recent years: “UKA has approximately doubled its employee numbers in the past five years,” Wencke Müller adds. This demonstrates the potential of wind energy, but also the success that UKA has achieved thanks to its employees. Mathias Güthling is positive after his first few days in the company: “I’ve had an extremely warm welcome from my colleagues here at UKA. We have only been working together for a short time; despite this, we’re already collaborating in a very cooperative and productive way.”