Construction begins on 49 MW Jamesfield battery storage facility

Global clean energy enterprise TagEnergy has continued its UK market growth with construction commencing on a 49MW/98MWh standalone energy storage system near Abernethy, Scotland, following funding from Santander UK.
Construction begins on 49 MW Jamesfield battery storage facility
Hawker's Hill storage park, Dorset. Courtesy of Tag Energy.

The Jamesfield development is a joint venture with Harmony Energy, following TagEnergy’s acquisition of a 60 percent stake in the project in November 2021. Santander UK is supporting the green energy initiative with £12.5 million funding.

Jamesfield will use a system of Tesla Megapack lithium-ion batteries, together with Tesla’s Autobidder AI software for real-time trading and control. It is expected to be operational in Q4 2023, with leading independent renewable energy company RES as asset manager.

Franck Woitiez, Chief Executive Officer, TagEnergy said commencement of construction of TagEnergy’s third battery energy storage facility in the UK reinforced its commitment to driving the shift to a clean energy future.

“This is another important milestone in TagEnergy’s growth in the UK as we leverage our strong storage expertise to support the UK grid and propel the nation to net-zero carbon emissions by connecting more competitive renewable power” said Mr Woitiez. “We are excited to enter this next phase in the project in partnership with Harmony Energy and with the support of Santander UK as we grow our UK footprint to accelerate the energy transition.”

Mark Cumbo, Director, Specialised and Project Finance at Santander UK, added that Santander UK is delighted to provide funding for the project, which marks an important contribution to the UK’s ability to produce a reliable flow of electricity from renewable sources.

“It follows the funding we provided TagEnergy in 2021 to support Hawkers Hill Energy Park in Dorset, and to TagEnergy and Harmony Energy in 2022 for Chapel Farm near Luton” said Mr Cumbo. “Santander UK strongly supports clients such as TagEnergy and Harmony Energy that are bringing additional capacity to enable greater contribution from renewables to the UK’s energy sector.”

Jamesfield is the third TagEnergy investment in battery storage facilities in the UK to reach financial close following its entry into the UK market in 2021. Commissioning of its first project, Hawkers Hill Energy Park, took place in September 2022 and construction of its second project, Chapel Farm, started in February 2022.

Jamesfield, Chapel Farm and Hawkers Hill, together with previously announced projects Roaring Hill in Fife, Scotland, Lakeside in North Yorkshire and more recently, Pitkevy, in Scotland take TagEnergy’s secured portfolio in the UK to date to 320MW/640MWh.

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