Habitat Energy begins optimising 50MW Camilla Farm on behalf of Next Energy Solar Fund and Eelpower

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Category: News, UK

Date: 19 March 2024

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Habitat Energy has begun optimising the 50MW/50MWh Camilla Farm battery on behalf of Next Energy Solar Fund (NESF) and Eelpower. The Fife project entered commercial operations on Friday 15th March 2024 and is one of the largest operational battery energy storage sites in Scotland. It will be instrumental in enabling increased integration of intermittent renewable energy and particularly Scotland’s substantial offshore wind capacity.  

NESF-Eelpower selected Habitat Energy as trading and optimisation partner. The company will provide market access and optimise the battery across all available revenue streams including balancing mechanism, trading, and ancillary services.

Camilla Farm was designed and constructed to allow for augmentation to become a two-hour (100MWh) duration asset. It will play an important role in decarbonising energy by providing balancing services to National Grid which will allow the integration of greater levels of renewable generation.

Scotland’s ambitious climate change legislation requires the country to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.  It is forecast that offshore wind deployed in Scottish waters will rise tenfold, from 1GW today to 11GW by 2030. The first standalone distribution connected battery energy storage asset therefore represents a significant building block of national energy infrastructure and a major milestone for Scotland’s renewable energy journey. 

We’re delighted to have partnered with Next Energy Solar Fund and Eelpower to optimise Camila Farm. We have a long-standing relationship together which is testament to the results our team delivers day in day out. Growing the UK’s battery storage capacity is critical to delivering net zero, and this Scottish-based project will help to ensure we make the most of the UK’s abundant renewable energy sources and support grid stability.

Jon Doughty, Managing Director, Habitat Energy UK

Eelpower is very pleased to have delivered Camilla Farm with NESF and looks forward to it joining the market-leading assets we have commissioned over the last seven years, supporting the transition to net zero on the GB grid.  Camilla is Eelpower’s second of three large battery assets in Scotland, making us the largest builder of battery assets north of the border in the last 12 months.  With Habitat’s support, Camilla Farm will deliver on the promise that flexible battery assets represent for Scotland.

Mark Simon, CEO of Eelpower
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