Harmony secures planning for 30MW solar site

29 October 2020

Harmony Energy has received planning permission to build its first solar farm in the UK after plans were approved for the 30MW development near Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire.

Planners at East Riding of Yorkshire Council approved the scheme, which will see the installation of solar arrays on low-grade agricultural land to supply low carbon electricity via the Northern Powergrid distribution network.

Peter Kavanagh, CEO at Harmony Energy, said: “Renewable energy, including solar, is critical to ensure the future security of the UK’s energy supply and we are delighted that this scheme has been approved.

“This development will generate up to 30MW of low carbon electricity, which will feed into the local electricity network and supply energy for the equivalent of up to 8,000 local homes. We will also be providing funding to assist in local community projects. The development will be completely unsubsidised.

“Harmony Energy has a proven track record of building, owning and operating windfarms throughout the UK and earlier this year we completed our first utility scale  battery energy storage facility, which was the first in Europe to use Tesla’s Megapack technology.

“Now we are looking forward to developing our first solar asset, which forms an important part of our wider pipeline as we continue our growth.”

Harmony has over 500MW of battery energy storage plants construction-ready in the UK, with another 200MW of solar assets in planning.

Peter Kavanagh adds: “We recognise the importance of a balanced energy mix, utilising battery storage to provide flexibility to the grid as our penetration of renewable energy continues to increase, and our own development strategy reflects that.

“With support from major international investors and technology pioneers, we are contributing to the UK’s shift away from fossil fuels.”

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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