New Head of Development at Harmony Energy

19 May 2022

Harmony Energy has appointed Frances Nicholson as head of development, responsible for managing and delivering the company's pipeline of battery energy storage and solar schemes through the development process.

Frances is a qualified Chartered Surveyor with nine years’ experience in developing and gaining consents for large scale projects including renewable energy infrastructure. Prior to joining Harmony, Frances worked at EDF Renewables UK where she supported them to develop their first green hydrogen plant and led on a pipeline of utility scale solar at varying stages of the development cycle exceeding 1000MW.

She will be working on Harmony projects from initial inception all the way through to site mobilisation and start of construction, working with landowners and their agents to agree commercial terms, building relationships with local communities, managing the planning consent process and supporting technical due diligence before the start of construction.

Frances said: “I’m delighting to be joining a dynamic company which has already made significant progress in its ambition to support a more secure energy future. We have some exciting projects in the pipeline a varying stages from conception to construction, and I’m looking forward to playing my part in delivering those projects.”

Peter Kavanagh, CEO of Harmony Energy, said: “Frances’ appointment is the next step in our ambitious growth plan and we are pleased to have her on board. She brings a wealth of experience in the renewables sector and will be vital in managing key projects, working alongside our commercial and technical teams to deliver schemes that bring benefits for all.”

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.

In addition, Harmony Energy has partnerships with FRV and TagEnergy. In total, Harmony owns and operates 42MW/84MWh of Tesla Megapack Battery Systems in the UK, has 312.5MW/625MWh in build with a further pipeline over 1GW/2GWh.

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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