Renewable Connections one of the UK’s leading solar and battery developers, is celebrating three consents in quick succession, securing up to 165.9MW of home grown energy for the UK grid. All three projects have been developed in partnership with European Energy (EE) and will generate enough power for up to 21,000 homes once operational and have a lifespan of up to forty years.
- One grid-scale battery storage facility, plus two solar and battery storage projects
- First ever Scottish solar farm and battery storage consent for Renewable Connections
- Up to 165.9 megawatts (MW) of home grown energy, enough for over 21,000 homes
The 25MW Strathruddie Solar Farm and 20MW battery storage development in Fife, Scotland, was approved unanimously at committee on the 16th March. The 49.9MW solar farm and 20.5MW independent battery storage development, Vicarage Drove Energy Centre in North West Bicker, Lincolnshire, in the East Midlands was approved by Boston Borough Council under delegated powers on the 17th February.
The 50MW/100MWh Indian Queens grid-scale battery storage facility in Cornwall, a joint application between Renewable Connections and Pivot Power, part of EDF Renewables, was approved under delegated powers by Cornwall Council on the 2nd of February.
John Leith, Development Director at Renewable Connections said: “These consents aren’t just a win for Renewable Connections but also the UK consumer. The UK needs to deploy more home grown energy, in order to achieve more sustainable energy pricing and long term energy security. To have three renewable energy projects consented in such quick succession is a huge achievement, especially for our team and consultants who have worked tirelessly on these projects. We are also delighted to have achieved our first ever consent in Scotland, alongside the innovative co-location projects at Vicarage Drove and Strathruddie.”
All three projects have been developed in partnership with European Energy (EE) and will generate enough power for up to 21,000 homes once operational and have a lifespan of up to forty years. Strathruddie Solar Farm by Kinglassie, Fife will generate enough power for up to 7,000 homes annually. Renewable Connections worked closely with Pivot Power and National Grid to design and consent the Indian Queens combined battery storage asset. It will be suitable for connection at the end of the transmission network in Cornwall, which with Pivot Power’s private wire, will also support the roll-out of electric vehicle charging and connection to an off-site solar farm being developed by Renewable Connections.