Norwegian state-owned utility Statkraft AS will procure all the electricity generated by a 35-MW solar farm in England under a new hybrid power purchase and optimisation agreement.

The company announced it signed the power purchase agreement (PPA) with Warrington Renewables (York) Limited, which is wholly-owned by the owner of the plant — the Warrington Borough Council.

The solar power facility is located in York and is coupled with a 27-MWh battery storage system. It uses both single-axis trackers and bifacial solar panels, thus being regarded as the first such project in the UK.

In addition to buying the output of the plant, Statkraft is also tasked with optimising the flexibility of the battery storage component.

“We had to develop a bespoke hybrid PPA solution to manage the various aspects of the site, reflecting the overall innovation that has gone into the site itself,” said Nick Heyward, Head of UK Energy Storage – Markets at Statkraft UK.

Source: Renewables Now