Camborne Energy Storage, a UK-based developer of large-scale energy storage projects, will install the very first grid scale Tesla Powerpacks in Europe. With the recent arrival of the batteries to a site in Somerset, Camborne are co-locating them with a ground mounted solar PV site.
The combined solar and battery installation has the capacity to provide power for over 500 homes. Camborne has selected this design to demonstrate the ability to provide a balanced grid and grow its ambitions for pioneering co-located energy systems throughout the UK.
This installation is a significant milestone in continuing Camborne’s strategy to deploy battery energy storage across the UK. Each of the Camborne installed systems are designed to further assist and improve the efficiency of the UK’s energy infrastructure and support the renewable energy industry’s ability to provide baseload power in the future.
The Tesla Powerpacks, installed by EPC Poweri Services, have been produced specifically to operate and integrate seamlessly with the solar PV site, optimising the existing assets and providing ancillary services to National Grid.
Dan Taylor, Managing Director of Camborne, said, “the development of Tesla’s first European grid-tied system is an exciting step forward for Camborne and Tesla in terms of our respective storage strategies. This project is another success for storage development in the UK and being co-located with a renewable generation site, should offer significant benefits to all stakeholders.”
California-based Tesla designs and manufactures electric vehicles, as well as renewable energy storage including Tesla Powerpack. Powerpack is Tesla’s utility and business energy storage system which is modular and can be scaled to the space, power and energy requirements of a commercial or industrial site.
Camborne is progressing at pace with its ambitious deployment targets for energy storage in the UK with more than 100MWh of projects in planning and an exclusivity agreement over the land with one of the UK’s largest landowners, specifically for the development of energy storage.