Anesco to build one of Scotland’s largest battery storage facilities

Anesco has been awarded contracts by Foresight Group, on behalf of its JLEN and FSFL funds, to build and maintain two battery storage facilities in the UK, with a combined capacity of 100MW.

The first 50MW battery will be located in Melksham, Wiltshire, adjacent to FSFL’s existing Sandridge solar park.

The second will be at West Gourdie, Dundee, and at just under 50MW, is set to be one of the largest battery storage facilities in Scotland.

The two sites will be fully operational by Autumn 2022.

All engineering, procurement, and construction will be handled by Anesco, with the company then providing ongoing operations and maintenance services for an initial 4-year period.

Sarah Webb, director of Business Development at Anesco, commented: “We’re delighted to be working with Foresight on these two projects.

“Interest in our EPC and O&M capabilities for third party assets remains high, and these two sites add to our growing EPC pipeline, including 150MW of self-developed storage assets that we’re set to commence construction on shortly.”

Anesco currently maintains 27 solar farms, totalling more than 200MW, on behalf of Foresight Group.

Foresight has been targeting investments into battery storage over the past 12-18 months, with JLEN acquiring the West Gourdie battery project in March this year, and JLEN and FSFL subsequently acquiring the Sandridge solar park in May.

Chris Tanner, partner at Foresight, said: “Foresight, on behalf of its managed funds, continues to see opportunities in the UK storage market.

“The business case for such opportunities is supported by key fundamental drivers, largely driven by increasing levels of intermittent generation on the system.

“With the UK making legally binding commitments to achieve ‘net zero’ by 2050, these trends are only expected to increase over the long term.”

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