A 49.5 MW battery energy storage system (BESS) with a 99 MWh power output will be part of the carbonizing-energy-system-trillions.html’ rel=’noopener no follow>renewable energy power source.
According to Roisin Quinn, director of National Grid Customer Connections, “Solar power has a critical role to play in the clean energy transition, so connecting the first PV array to our high voltage transmission network represents a key step on that journey.”
The solar plant, the first tandem solar and battery system of its sort, might assist the UK in achieving its 2035 carbon goals.
According to Ian Harding, co-founder and director of Enso Energy, the completion of this project is a significant milestone for renewable energy in the UK and offers additional proof that co-located solar and battery storage projects connecting directly to the transmission network will play a key role in the implementation of the UK set zero plans.
The 152,400 solar modules that make up the 200-acre solar farm will produce more than 73,000 MWh annually, which is enough energy to power more than 17,300 houses.
When compared to the energy output from fossil fuels, the novel solar-to-grid connection will yearly offset 20,500 tons of carbon dioxide.
Utilizing the BESS to store energy during periods of peak production will increase the amount of clean power available when demand is high and guarantee the site’s optimal efficiency.
Solar farms in the UK relied on the nation’s lower voltage regional networks to supply power to homes and businesses prior to the Larks Green solar array being connected to the National Grid.
Clean energy can go further by being directly connected to the National Grid, and this initiative makes it possible for larger projects to be connected to them in the future.
According to Marta Martinez Queimadelos, CEO of Cero Generation, in a press release, “As the nation’s first solar project to connect to the transmission network, it represents true innovation that paves the way for others to follow and enables the rapid deployment of much more clean energy.”
The government has set a goal of five-folding solar energy deployment by 2035, including the installation of up to 70 gigawatts of capacity, which would be enough to power roughly 20 million homes, according to a recent report from the energy security strategy Powering Up Britain.
The press release states that local wildlife resources will be included in the layout and construction of the solar farm and BESS, including the planting of woodlands to offer food and shelter for a variety of protected species. This will result in a net increase in biodiversity.
As we recognize the enormous advantages of co-location in advancing the green transition and supporting our mission of delivering a net-zero future, for this generation and every generation after it, Queimadelos said, we are proud to be celebrating a significant step in the UK’s renewable energy mission and in our journey into battery storage.