Nuclear-to-renewables power supplier EdF has signed one of Britain’s biggest energy management deals, optimising revenues from a solar 66MWp farm and a 50MW grid-scale battery co-located at Warley, Essex.
Due to become operational this year, the grid-connected park is close to London’s M25 motorway. It was co-developed and financed by IB Vogt and DIF Infrastructure VII. Its combined capacity of 116MW will make Warley one of the UK’s largest co-located sites.
The deal represents one of the UK’s largest combined hybrid offtake and optimisation agreements. Over its ten year duration, EdF will manage the co-located assets in real time, making efficient use of the shared grid connection.
EdF’s roster of more than 1GW of renewable assets already generating, plus 5GW in construction or development, puts it at the head of UK low carbon generators. It is also the nation’s biggest buyer of renewable power from independent generators.
EdF’s commercial director for wholesale market service Stuart Fenner said: “We are very pleased that we have been chosen to deliver trading, optimisation and offtake services for one of the UK’s largest co-located solar and battery sites. This unique deal exemplifies the innovation needed to address our energy challenges, which will help to secure green energy for the future and deliver on our commitment to help Britain achieve net zero.”