Statkraft submits planning applications for three Greener Grid Parks across the UK to contribute to net zero targets
Statkraft, Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, has submitted three Greener Grid Park projects to planning authorities across the UK. The projects are located in Ninfield in East Sussex, Coylton in East Ayrshire, and Baillie in the Highlands and are all strategically located in close proximity to substations - which is crucial to provide efficient stability services to the national grid.
Greener Grid Parks use innovative technology to help stabilise the grid, which compliments the growth of renewable electricity generation. They ensure more clean energy can be utilised by UK homes and businesses, helping to decarbonise Britain’s energy supply network and save consumers money.
Each project is bespoke, designed specifically for the location and the service required. Though broadly speaking the proposals are made up of synchronous compensators and containerised battery storage units, with associated infrastructure.
Lucy Kent Senior Project Manager for all three projects said:
“It is vital that the UK reaches its new milestone of achieving a zero carbon electricity grid by 2035. This would be a big step towards achieving the UK’s climate target of zero carbon emissions by 2050 and projects like these are integral to that happening.”
“The Greener Grid Parks we have applied for planning permission will help decarbonise the grid of tomorrow. To make the most of the UK’s renewable energy the Greener Grid Parks will stabilise the electricity grid so that renewable energy used from across the country can be optimised.”
If the projects are consented, Statkraft intends to work with trade bodies and other business groups to maximise opportunities for local suppliers during construction, creating job opportunities and investing in the local economy.
Statkraft is at the forefront of delivering new, innovative projects that decarbonise the grid, encourage a growth of renewable technologies and reduce customer costs. Statkraft was awarded contracts with National Grid Electricity System Operator (NGESO) in January 2020 for two similar projects in Lister Drive, Liverpool and Keith, Scotland currently in construction.