SSE buys 50-MW battery storage project in UK, eyes more

Energy storage facility, UK. Image by Harmony Energy.

August 19 (Renewables Now) - UK utility SSE Plc (LON:SSE) has acquired the project development rights for a 50-MW battery storage project at a consented site in South West England from Harmony Energy Ltd.

This will be the utility’s first battery storage asset to provide, it said on Wednesday without disclosing the value of the purchase.

The battery system is planned to be installed at Salisbury, Wiltshire, and to provide flexible power capacity. SSE intends to bring the project to financial close and construct the facility over the next 18 months.

“Our distributed energy division has ambitions to build a significant portfolio of batteries – we’re looking at around 500 MW of early-stage opportunities [..],” said SSE’s sector director for distributed generation and storage Richard Cave-Bigley.

Yorkshire-based utility-scale battery energy storage project developer Harmony Energy has developed two projects in its home market and has a pipeline over 600MW of project rights. It has been working on the Wiltshire scheme for four years.

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