Energy has been exported from a commercial 1MW battery energy storage system connected to Carland Cross windfarm in Cornwall for the first time thanks to a successful joint venture between ScottishPower Renewables and Centrica. The important milestone, a first for ScottishPower, and its Spanish parent group, Iberdrola, means the energy stored in the battery will soon be available to the Cornwall Local Energy Market initiative, helping balance electricity supply and demand at a local level.
It also marks the start of an exciting pipeline of almost 1GW of battery storage projects for SPR across its portfolio in the UK and Republic of Ireland. This includes two battery projects currently under construction in the Republic of Ireland as well as the Whitelee 50MW ‘super battery’, just south of Glasgow. In the journey to Net Zero, batteries will play a key role in delivering the modern and flexible energy system that’s needed to achieve ambitious government targets and provide a cleaner and greener future for everyone. They will also help the electricity system operator balance the supply of electricity to meet demand by providing extra power resources when needed.