The 300kW, 640kWh unit that has been participating in test for just over a year to see how well it can provide multiple services, such as peak lopping the output from the solar park, arbitrage, supplying energy to the distribution grid at peak times etc.
The battery was funded as part of an innovation trial. As such, the DNO, Western Power Distribution, will return proceeds of the sale to Ofgem.
The battery is self-contained and can be transported by lorry. Relocation should be a realistic prospect and it would extend the learning of the innovation project to understand the costs and issues associated with battery relocation.
If storage assets can be relocated at a reasonable cost, then purchasing this type of battery may be a useful strategy to reduce risk. It should be noted that the purchaser will also be required to ‘make good’ the site from which it is being removed, and details relating to this will be provided to interested parties.
As the storage system has been used for operational trials there is a great deal of performance data relating to the battery capabilities that will be available to interested parties as part of the procurement exercise and to satisfy any due diligence that is necessary before concluding any transaction.
The expression of interest period will run until the 27th April after which SGC will manage the engagement between the current owner and interested parties.