Green Investment Group and Enso Energy to develop large UK solar and battery portfolioChristian Fernsby ▼ | June 29, 2020
Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG) and Enso Energy have announced they are working together in a UK solar development joint venture.
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GIG and Enso have identified an ambitious pipeline of projects which are currently in development and represent an initial 1 GW of capacity.
Initial projects are grid secured and are being submitted for planning approval.
This includes projects across England and Wales, where the team are currently conducting virtual community consultations to ensure that the views of these local communities can be taken into consideration during this period of required social distancing.
Furthermore, these subsidy-free solar farms expect to be backed by power purchase agreements (PPAs), providing predictably priced power to UK businesses while reducing their carbon footprint.
Many of these projects will use newly available tracking and bifacial solar technology to ensure that the energy produced per hectare is maximised thereby reducing the physical footprint of each project.
By combining the solar farm with battery storage technology, the project can provide a more flexible output, address demand during peak periods, as well as providing auxiliary services and stability to the grid to facilitate increased levels of renewables on the system.
The project plans and designs aim to significantly enhance the biodiversity of each site through the provision of a range of resources for local wildlife.
Each development will include a Biodiversity Net Gain Assessment to demonstrate the benefits of each project. ■