Statkraft has announced that it has signed a novel hybrid power purchase and optimisation agreement with Warrington Renewables, wholly owned by Warrington Borough Council.
The agreement, announced on 28 May, is for the electricity generated directly from the 35MW solar farm, which also hosts a 27MWh battery storage facility in York. Statkraft will procure all electricity from the project which, it says, offers Warrington Borough Council a route to market for the solar production, as well as optimising the flexibility of the battery storage. This will maximise the overall value of the site’s output.
Statkraft will optimise contracted power and flexibility through the use of its virtual “Unity” power platform, which aggregates energy from a network of wind and solar power, flexible gas assets and batteries in the UK, totalling over 2,600MW installed capacity.
Nick Heyward, Head of UK Energy Storage – Markets at Statkraft UK, said: “By optimising the energy storage alongside the renewable energy for Warrington Council we hope to set a blueprint to follow, for other local authorities and partners that are committed about delivering net zero as well as benefiting their communities through revenues from renewable energy. Agreements like this will be vital for balancing the UK’s electricity demand and supply as wind and solar power play bigger roles in powering our lives.”