Ofgem: Large solar farms with battery storage can still claim Rocs

Solar power: Good to charge batteries with.

It appears large solar farm owners that are planning to install battery storage will be able to charge their batteries with PV and still claim subsidies for all power generated under the Renewables Obligation (RO).

Ofgem made the announcement today via a blog post, rather than a regulatory document.

The regulator also stated that changes to installations would be reviewed when made, and that ‘bespoke’ guidance around how collocated storage will work with installations that qualify for subsidy under the RO and Feed-in Tariff schemes would be published later this year.

In the blog, Luke Hargreaves, head of renewables, renewable electricity at the regulator said:

“Over the past year or so there has been heightened interest in locating electricity storage systems at renewable installations. Today I’m pleased to say that we have made an important decision concerning some co-located storage facilities.

“We have determined that the arrangements in place at several commercial scale solar installations allow for ROCs to be claimed on all the renewable electricity generated, including any that is used to charge the storage devices.”

See the post here.

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