Quinbrook to build U.K.’s largest solar + battery storage project

Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners

Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, a global specialist in renewable energy developments; energy storage, and grid support infrastructure, announced this Tuesday it has acquired a consented massive solar plus battery energy storage development in the U.K. In fact, the project will be the biggest solar project in the U.K.

The project is called Project Fortress. It is a 350-megawatts plus battery storage capacity that will begin construction in the first half of 2022. As outlined above, once operational, Fortress will be the largest single-site solar P.V. installation in the U.K.

In fact, it will be more than three times bigger than the next largest consented solar development in the region. Moreover, with the addition of battery storage capacity, the project will provide critical support to the U.K. power grid and will push further the region into its net-zero commitments.

Furthermore, Fortress’ massive scale will generate enough power to meet the needs of more than 100,000 U.K. homes. It will also help avoid carbon emissions of around 164,450 tons only during its first year of operation. According to the statement, the project will also feature extensive landscape and biodiversity management; designed by Natural England, Kent Wildlife Trust, RSPB, and also the Environment Agency.

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Quinbrook developing another massive solar project in the U.S.

On the other hand, the Fortress project follows another massive project by Quinbrook in the United States. The Gemini Solar + battery storage project in Nevada. This project is currently under construction developed by a Quinbrook portfolio company called Primergy Solar. The Gemini project has a $1,1 billion investment; and a massive 690 MW capacity, paired with 380 MW of battery storage.

Indeed, the Gemini solar project is the largest co-located solar P.V. and battery storage project in U.S. history. It will host 1.8 million solar modules. The project will also generate enough renewable energy to meet the residential power demands of the entire City of Las Vegas, Nevada.

About the Fortress project, Rory Quinlan, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Quinbrook commented. “We believe Project Fortress is a landmark transaction on many fronts and represents a new frontier in U.K. solar teamed with large scale battery storage.”

Finally, he also noted. “Fortress provides a timely opportunity to showcase the application of advanced technologies that are critical to verify the carbon reductions available to our customers from Fortress. We think this is destined to become the standard for all energy supply projects in the years ahead.”

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