Eelpower has commissioned its 10MW Leverton battery storage facility near Lincoln. The firm has a 15-year capacity market contract starting 2020 and secured a firm frequency response (FFR) contract last month.
The standalone lithium-ion facility, which uses batteries from Shenzhen-based BYD, was constructed in 18 weeks by Anesco.
“Leverton is the first of a pipeline of battery storage projects that Eelpower plans to build and operate over the next three years. They will support the grid, underpin security of supply and help reduce energy costs for customers, in particular for businesses that are major energy users,” said Mark Simon, chief executive of Eelpower.
A spokesperson told The Energyst that the company hopes to develop storage projects totalling 150MW, subject to planning.
Eelpower is a sister company to Barn Energy which has financed and built three river hydro projects in Yorkshire over the past two years. The firm plans to add battery storage to those projects.
Eelpower’s management team have experience in ground-mounted solar PV, building some of the first farms in the UK, and they installed the first co-located battery at Slepe Farm solar PV site in 2014. According to the company, Slepe Farm in Dorset has since delivered flexible power to the grid for three winters.
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