Harmony Energy expands into France with new affiliate business

24 February 2022

Harmony Energy, a leading independent developer of renewable energy assets, has expanded its operations overseas with the launch of a new affiliate business in France.

Harmony has successfully operated in the UK renewable energy sector for more than 12 years, developing wind, solar and battery energy storage assets to help support the UK’s energy transition.

Now, with the formation of Harmony Energy France, it will take that same ambition to France with the aim of positively contributing to the increasingly urgent requirements to decarbonise the energy sector.

Harmony Energy France is founded together with Andy Symonds and Clément Girard, who will lead and manage Harmony’s activities in France, initially focusing on utility scale battery energy storage systems and photovoltaic energy developments.

Andy has worked in New Zealand, the UK and for the last 11 years in France. Qualified in engineering, his background covers both technical roles and procurement activities for renewable energy projects.

Clément has more than ten years’ experience in the electricity market, having worked in various commercial and consulting roles specialising in smart grid applications. More recently he headed up the development activities for large scale battery energy storage projects at a major renewable energy developer.

Peter Kavanagh, CEO of Harmony Energy, said: “This is an exciting move for Harmony and the next stage in our strategic growth plan. The formation of Harmony Energy France will enable us to take our expertise and learnings from the UK to help contribute towards a more sustainable energy future in France.”

Andy Symonds said: “Clément and I are excited to be able to lean on Harmony’s considerable track record, knowhow and commercial relationships, to build on and to expand Harmony’s business into France.”

Harmony Energy has around 600MW / 1.2GWh of battery projects construction ready in the UK. It owns and operates 42MW/84MWh of Tesla Megapack Battery Systems in the UK in partnership with FRV, with a further 99MW/198MWh in build under the same partnership. Harmony has a further partnership with TagEnergy to build, own and operate 99MW/198MWh of battery systems in the UK.

In November 2021 Harmony Energy launched the Harmony Energy Income Trust plc, listed on the London Stock Exchange (‘HEIT’). HEIT is an investment company that invests in commercial scale energy storage and renewable energy generation projects which has exclusive rights to acquire a pipeline of battery energy storage projects within Harmony Energy’s control, as well as preferential rights over Harmony Energy’s future projects.

Battery

Battery energy storage systems (BESS) are the key to unlocking the full potential of intermittent renewable energy; the more renewable energy that is connected, the more important the ability to manage its intermittent nature becomes. Harmony have 42MW/84MWh BESS operating in the UK, with a future 326MW/652MWh in build.

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Solar

Harmony Energy is currently developing large solar PV farms, using our project expertise to support landowners throughout the development process.

In the UK Harmony is developing 200MWs of standalone solar projects and 500MWs of solar projects co-located with its battery projects

Solar PV is a proven, cost-effective technology and many countries around the world are turning to it to help meet their energy needs.

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Wind

Harmony Energy has built and operated 15 wind power sites in the UK, so we have a wealth of project and technical expertise to share with landowners.

Our wind business was backed by one of the world’s largest infrastructure investors - Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). The majority of the portfolio was sold to Blackfinch Investments in 2019.

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