UK grid sees another 3.75 MWh of energy storage added


The B2B food wholesaler contracted Anesco to install three energy storage units at its offices in Barnstaple. While the exact amount could not be divulged, a spokesperson for Anesco tells pv magazine they represent a multi-million pound investment.

The batteries were installed between this March and May, with operations beginning on May 31.

Connected directly to the U.K. electrical grid, the batteries are on track to generate revenues of £750,000 (around US$977,000) over the next 20 months, says the spokesperson, by offering Firm Frequency Response (FFR) services to the National Grid.

Previously, Philip Dennis Foodservice had two rooftop PV systems installed at its locations – 235 kWp and 97.5 kWp. The batteries are completely seperate from these. It has also installed two wind turbines.

In a statament released, the wholesaler said that the ability to diversify and generate revenue outside of its daily operations, has been “vital for maintaining a competitive edge”.

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Peter Dennis, director at Philip Dennis, said, “Improving our carbon footprint through investment in renewable technologies is really important to us. It is a key USP and differentiates us from others in the market. We were quick to recognise the opportunity that solar and battery storage presents and are already achieving good returns.”

The first in the U.K. to achieve subsidy-free solar, introduce utility-scale energy storage, and co-locate energy storage with existing solar sites, Anesco is a leader in the U.K. renewables market.

Overall, it is on track to deploy 380 MW of battery storage by 2020. The company has also developed 102 solar farms to date, while its O&M arm is now monitoring over 21,500 sites.

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