Quinbrook bags CfD for 350-MW solar-battery project in England

Site of Project Fortress in Kent. Image by: Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners.

July 13 (Renewables Now) - Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners has won a contract for difference (CfD) for a 350-MW solar-plus-battery storage project in Kent, South East England, thus grabbing the largest solar award in the UK government’s fourth allocation round.

The 15-year contract is tied to Project Fortress, the renewables infrastructure investor said on Tuesday, adding that it will enable it to launch construction by the end of this year. The scheme is set to create the largest single-site photovoltaic (PV) park in the UK.

Once in operation, the proposed solar farm will be capable of producing enough electricity to supply roughly 100,000 UK homes annually. It will be coupled with a battery storage facility that will provide flexibility to the national power grid.

“We will now look to contract the balance of the project’s supply capacity to a blend of corporate and utility customers over the coming months,” said Rory Quinlan, co-founder and managing partner of Quinbrook.

Project Fortress was cleared by the UK government in May 2020 and was granted the status of a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). Quinbrook became the scheme’s owner in September 2021.

The CfD auction was completed last week, awarding support to 93 renewable energy projects across various technologies. The combined capacity of the winning proposals stands at almost 11 GW.

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