Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) is to build a 15MWh battery storage scheme in Dorset. The company, which has traditionally developed large-scale solar projects around the world, said it represents the first project in a major storage pipeline.
The Holes Bay project in Dorset will be delivered by Harmony Energy. The developer has backing from FRV, which is owned by Saudi Arabia’s Abdul Latif Jameel International, to deliver up to 300MW of storage prequalified for the Capacity Market.
Construction is expected to start next month.
“This is a hugely significant project for Harmony, because it is the first in a large pipeline of utility-scale battery storage plants in the UK,” said Harmony CEO, Peter Kavanagh.
“Wind and solar projects remain key but battery storage is the missing link in the UK’s renewable energy strategy, both in terms of controlling grid frequency and providing backup during periods of peak demand and supply.”