Amber reaches commercial close on 50MW UK battery

Project in west Lancashire will deploy Tesla’s Megapack and is due online by the end of 2022 [Image: Tesla]

Amber Infrastructure has reached commercial close on the development of a 50MW/100 megawatt hour utility-scale battery energy storage project in the UK.

The project, located in Skelmersdale, west Lancashire, will deploy Megapack, Tesla’s large-scale lithium-ion battery technology.

The grid battery is expected to be operational before the end of 2022.
Amber has been responsible for project development and funding including the arrangement of a bespoke co-investment.

The group will also be responsible for the asset management of the battery, leveraging its sustainable energy team’s experience in owning and operating investments in UK energy infrastructure.

The battery will be optimised by Tesla’s autonomous trading platform Autobidder.

Amber and Tesla are targeting an additional 200MW/400MWh.

Amber Infrastructure chairman Giles Frost said: “We are pleased to begin construction on this significant new battery project in collaboration with Tesla.

“The project is well timed and well located to support the ongoing changes in the UK’s energy mix.”

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