NatPower plans UK BESS ‘gigaparks’ in £10bn investment

NatPower plans UK BESS ‘gigaparks’ in £10bn investment

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March 13, 2024: NatPower is to develop 60GWh of battery storage in the UK as part of a £10 billion ($13 billion) package of investment in renewables, the group announced on March 7.

The UK arm of the European energy group said it will apply for planning permission for the first of three battery gigaparks this year and 10 more in 2025.

NatPower has earmarked £600 million to develop new substations — strengthening the UK’s ability to feed more renewable power into the grid.

The group will also announce new solar and wind projects for the UK this year.

Stefano Sommadossi, CEO of NatPower UK, said investing in the grid and working with grid operators was key to solving bottlenecks slowing the shift to clean energy.

“By investing in substations and focusing on energy storage first, we will enable the next phase of the energy transition and bring down the cost of energy for consumers.”

Meanwhile, the founder director of UK clean energy developer Kona Energy, Andy Willis, warned on March 12 the UK must do more to tackle grid connection delays.

Commenting on UK government plans to build new gas-fired power stations, Willis said: “Arguments for/against gas plants aside, on current grid connection processes any new gas stations would be at the back of the queue and therefore would not be connecting until at least 2037.”

Willis said any projects that can get online fast to increase energy security should be given priority.