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Anesco retrofits 10 solar sites with energy storage for Ancala Partners

Utility scale battery storage unit

Anesco utility scale energy storage unit

Anesco has partnered with Ancala Partners LLP (‘Ancala’), the independent mid-market infrastructure investment manager, to complete the first portfolio-scale deployment of batteries co-located on solar parks in the UK.

The batteries, located at 10 of Ancala’s existing solar PV sites across England, will provide balancing and frequency response services to the National Grid.

Renewable electricity generators such as solar parks are intermittent producers of electricity. The rapid growth of renewable installations in recent years has created challenges in balancing the supply and demand of electricity in the UK.

Batteries offer a unique solution to the challenges of intermittent generation by storing and deploying electricity into the National Grid at the times it is required most. Batteries can also provide other services to the National Grid, such as frequency response, due to the speed with which they can charge and discharge electricity.

The battery portfolio located on Ancala’s solar parks provides the ability to store 12MWh of electricity.

Lee Mellor, Director, Ancala, commented: “To realise this initiative we have worked closely with all stakeholders and in partnership with Anesco. It is a great example of how we can add value for our investors through proactive management of assets.”

Steve Shine, Executive Chairman, Anesco, commented: “We are delighted to be partnering on this initiative with Ancala, which has the foresight and appetite to join us in undertaking innovative renewable energy projects. It’s an exciting time for the sector and we are proud to be playing a leading role in the deployment of energy storage technology in the UK.”

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Anesco named in prestigious European FT 1000 league table

Ground mount solar farm

Anesco ground mount solar farm

Renewables developer Anesco has been named one of the fastest growing and most innovative companies in Europe, as part of a prestigious European league table.

FT 1000 recognises those companies who have been dubbed the ‘driving force of the European economy in the 21st century’ and who are generating jobs and sustaining Europe’s competitiveness.

Anesco, which manages the funding, development, operation and maintenance of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, has been ranked 397th in the listing, following impressive growth of 288% between the years of 2012 and 2015.

Sporting Whitbread, The Bannatyne Group, Body Shop and numerous local authorities among its many clients, in the last financial year sales at the Reading-based company hit £213million with an EBITDA of £24million.

Steve Shine, Anesco executive chairman, commented: “We’re thrilled to be named in such a high profile league table and to be recognised as a driving force in Europe.

“Our ongoing success is down to the great team of people we have pulled together, who are all passionate about what they do. It is their hard work and enthusiasm that continues to see us breaking new ground at every turn. We’re proud that while others are talking, we are acting and helping our customers transform their energy use and efficiency.”

Anesco’s solar farm portfolio recently reached a milestone 101 sites, which together are generating enough electricity to power 137,000 homes annually, while saving 222,622 tonnes of carbon. The company is also driving the use of energy storage in the UK, having installed units totalling 18.9MW to date, with an additional 65MW under development and a further 100MW in the pipeline.

It’s renewable asset monitoring system, AnescoMeter, is now the largest renewable O&M service in the country, currently looking after over 21,500 installations, while its energy efficiency team is the leading provider of ECO services in the UK and has so far helped to raise over 350,000 people out of fuel poverty.

Steve added: “It’s already been a fantastic year for us – we have powered up our 100th solar farm, installed our 20th energy storage unit and retained our position as one of the top 100 cleantech companies in the world.

“The UK renewables and energy efficiency market is an exciting place to be right now and we’re strongly positioned to capitalise on new opportunities, while sustained grow is seeing us strengthen our existing proposition.”

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Anesco and Limejump to bring 185MW energy storage online

Anesco and Limejump are to bring 185MW of energy storage online by the end of 2018, creating the largest portfolio of energy storage in the UK. The systems will play a significant role in balancing the grid through the capacity market, frequency response and wider market participation.

Anesco recently strengthened its position as the UK’s leading energy storage provider, after connecting its twentieth utility scale battery unit, raising its active storage portfolio to 18.9MW.

Working in conjunction with Limejump, who will commercially operate the portfolio, 185MW of energy storage is now planned for entry into the capacity market in August. It will join Limejump’s Virtual Power Plant portfolio in playing an active role in Dynamic Frequency Response, providing the grid with a sub-second response to support supply and demand requirements.

According to Steve Shine, Anesco executive chairman, the move is ‘further proof of the significant growth of the sector’.

He explains: “We’re delighted that our twentieth energy storage unit is now up and running. It’s another fantastic milestone to have reached. At Anesco, we’ve long believed that energy storage is a vital part of any renewable energy generation system. That’s why we’ve pioneered its use for many years, working on ways to create a viable model for our customers to be able to implement the technology and start reaping the benefits.

“As well as aiding grid stability, energy storage can help maximise the use of renewable power being generated, while breeding a more resilient local grid. It’s an exciting time for the sector and we predict momentum will continue to grow, as more and more generators look to benefit from the technology.”

Erik Nygard, chief executive of Limejump, said: “Anesco’s speed and expertise in developing energy storage projects is paving the way for this technology to become an integral part of the UK’s future energy mix. The key to bringing more storage online will be to optimise the revenue that can be earned by generators and developers, from securing a good price for power exported onto the grid, to participation in the full range of revenue-generating schemes such as the capacity market.

“Limejump is proud to be commercially operating the Anesco projects within our Virtual Power Plant, providing them with access to the full breadth of market opportunities and enabling more distributed generators and commercial assets to participate in grid balancing schemes. This approach helps to balance out more renewable generation on the grid, decreasing the UK’s reliance on large fossil fuel plants and offering a more cost effective solution to increasing renewables through cleaner, smarter technology.”

Anesco’s latest developments join a wide range of generation and business assets and storage projects already operating within Limejump’s Virtual Power Plant. Limejump already operates the largest portfolio of energy storage projects in the UK, combining their speed of response with the flexibility of distributed generators and commercial assets to enable the full portfolio to participate in the UK’s only dynamic frequency response contracts.

Anesco, based in Reading, is recognised as one of the top 100 cleantech companies in the world. Its specialist team works with a range of clients managing the funding, development, operation and maintenance of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. To date the technologies Anesco has deployed are generating over 1GW of renewable energy.

Anesco’s solar farm portfolio recently reached a milestone 101 sites, which have a combined generation capacity of 480MW – enough to power 137,000 homes annually and with a combined carbon saving of 222,622 tonnes.

The company’s renewable asset monitoring system, AnescoMeter, is now the largest renewable O&M service in the country and is currently covering over 21,500 installations.

For more information about Limejump visit www.limejump.com.

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Anesco beats ROC deadline to grow solar portfolio to 481MW

Anesco, one of the UK’s leading solar developers, successfully powered up 28 new solar farms ahead of the 31 March 2017 deadline for Renewable Obligations Certificates (ROCs) at 1.2/MWh.

The installations, all based in England, have seen the company’s portfolio grow to a milestone 101 sites, with a capacity of 480MW – enough to power 137,000 homes annually and with a combined carbon saving of 222,622 tonnes.

They will be maintained by Anesco’s operation and maintenance service, AnescoMeter. The system currently monitors over 21,500 renewable assets, ensuring they continue to generate at their optimum capacity.

Steve Shine, Anesco executive chairman commented: “Successfully designing, constructing and connecting over hundred solar farms is a fantastic milestone to have reached. It is a great moment in the history of the company and our thanks go to the whole team, who worked tirelessly to make it happen.

“As the latest sites were completed ahead of the ROC deadline, we were able to secure the maximum yield for our customers and will now be maintaining them to ensure they continue to operate effectively for the lifetime of the projects.”

Alongside its solar arm, Anesco continues to lead the way in energy storage. Since installing the UK’s first utility scale battery unit in September 2014, the company now has 20 operational energy storage sites totalling 18.9MW currently installed, an additional 65MW under development, 185MW to be entered into the capacity market in August and a further pipeline of 100MW.

According to Steve, energy storage continues to be a key focus of the company moving forward.

He added: “Energy storage has great potential to help stabilise the grid and make sure the maximum benefit is being reaped from solar and other renewable generation systems. It’s an exciting, fast-growth area and we’re delighted to be leading the field and making it a viable model for our customers.”

Anesco, based in Reading, is recognised as one of the top 100 cleantech companies in the world. Its specialist team works with a range of clients managing the funding, development, operation and maintenance of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. To date the technologies Anesco has deployed are generating over 1GW of renewable energy.

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