Storage project acquired by Enel

Italian power company Enel has bought the Tynemouth stand-alone battery energy storage system in Newcastle from developer Element Power.

Enel will spend €20 million (£17m) on the 25MW system, which has a four-year contract grid balancing contract with National Grid.

The Italian company thinks demand for battery storage will grow “exponentially” and said it would use its experience from the project in other markets.

> Read Enel's announcement


TRIG completes on £100m Welsh deal

The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) has bought the 34MW Garreg Lwyd Hill wind farm in Powys in Wales for £100 million.

The London-listed vehicle now has 55 projects with a combined capacity of 754MW.

Richard Crawford, Director, Infrastructure at TRIG’s investment manager, InfraRed Capital Partners, said: “Garreg Lwyd Hill is the first investment by TRIG in Wales and is one of the last projects to be constructed under the UK's successful Renewables Obligation Certificate regime for onshore wind.”

> View TRIG's announcement


Tesco commits to 100% renewables by 2030

The UK’s largest supermarket chain has pledged to use 100% renewable electricity by 2030.

Tesco announced in 2007 that it wanted to become a zero-carbon business 2050 but admitted it was not on track to hit the target.

The retailer has unveiled tougher measures so it can hit the target, including working with its suppliers.

> See Tesco's blog entry


Dong cuts ribbon at Burbo Bank

Danish energy company Dong has officially opened its Burbo Bank Extension wind farm off the coast of Liverpool.

The 238MW wind farm – which is owned by Dong, Danish pension fund PKA and the company behind the Lego children’s toy – is the first to use MHI Vestas’ 8MW turbines, the most powerful in the world, with 32 being erected.

Meanwhile, the first electricity has been generated by Dong’s 573MW Race Bank wind farm off the north coast of Norfolk, which is using 91 Siemens 6MW turbines.

> Read Dong's announcement


Smart micro-grid move at business park

Britain’s Energy Coast (BEC), a property developer in Cumbria, wants to install a smart micro-grid at its Westlakes Science & Technology Park.
Using a mixture of on-site generation and storage, the owner wants to make the park energy-independent from the national grid.

Michael Pemberton, BEC’s Chief Executive, said: “We are seeking a dynamic and technically brilliant partner to help us develop our plans that bring about a step change in the way energy is sourced at Westlakes.”

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