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Conrad Energy holds groundbreaking ceremony at a Somerset battery plant that will provide energy for 14.000 houses.

Date: 2022-07-31

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Conrad Energy holds groundbreaking ceremony at a Somerset battery plant that will provide energy for 14.000 houses.

With the announcement of a groundbreaking ceremony held at their battery storage installation in Midsomer Norton, Somerset, Conrad Energy is continuing to support the UK's energy transition. In a ceremony attended by the Mayor of Midsomer Norton, Councillor Lynda Robertson, as well as Cabinet Member for Climate and Sustainable Travel and Deputy Leader of Bath and North East Somerset Council, Councillor Sarah Warren, the largest flexible power producer and energy services business in the UK officially broke ground on the project.

The battery storage project represents an important step in the realization of Bath and North East Somerset Council's net zero strategy. 

The role of battery storage in our future energy mix is increasingly important as we strive both as a nation and at the local level to balance the rapid growth of renewable energy sources as we accelerate towards net-zero carbon emissions,” said Chris Shears, Conrad Energy’s Chief Development Officer.The project fits with Conrad Energy’s strategy to support the energy transition through owning and operating resilient and flexible power generation and storage assets that provide vital grid services particularly at times of low wind production and when demand is high. We will have 200MW of batteries operational by the end of this year and plan to deploy 1000MW in the coming years to support our vision for Conrad Energy as a full-service power solutions provider, supporting both the grid as well as commercial and industrial customers.

Councillor Sarah Warren, deputy leader and cabinet member for Climate and Sustainable Travel, said: 

We are very pleased to be playing host to this significant new battery storage facility from Conrad Energy and applaud the role it will play in creating the smarter and more flexible energy we need to get us to net zero 2030.

The project's groundbreaking marks the beginning of a three-month construction programme to build the site, which will include Tesla Megapacks that will supply power equivalent to the typical household's two-hour energy needs for close to 14,000 homes as well as to provide grid stability services to the National Grid and Western Power Distribution. It is expected that the project will be completely operational in November 2022.

Tags: Conrad Energy, Power, Battery Storage, Somerset, Low Carbon
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