March 22 (Renewables Now) - UK renewables developer Anesco has contracted EDF Energy to optimise 16 MW of assets at its Clayhill solar-plus-storage park in England and provide it with a guaranteed floor price for storage, touted as “a first within the sector.”
EDF will work on the project with technology partner Upside Energy, Anesco said on Thursday. The scope of their task will be to improve the efficiency and profitability of the Clayhill complex and secure contracts with network operators and generate revenue through direct access to wholesale markets. Additionally, EDF has offered Anesco a guaranteed floor price, which Anesco describes as “a significant step forward for UK renewables.”
The 10-MW Clayhill solar park was brought online in September 2017 and is the UK’s first photovoltaic (PV) plant built without using subsidies. The facility, located in Bedfordshire, is coupled with five 1.2-MW batteries.
EDF will operate the Calyhill solar and storage assets through its demand-side response platform PowerShift. With Upside’s help, it will also test new business models and work to connect additional Anesco assets to PowerShift.