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SSE Renewables announce Morrison Energy Services and Sungrow as partners for 320MW battery project at Monk Fryston

16 Apr 2024

*The 320MW / 640MWh battery energy storage system will be capable of powering over half a million UK homes for up to two hours at a time*

SSE Renewables has announced its principal contractor and battery supplier for its largest 320MW battery storage project at Monk Fryston, North Yorkshire.

Morrison Energy Services, a part of M Group Services’ Energy Division, has been appointed as the project’s principal contractor. Sungrow, who is also working with SSE Renewables on its nearby Ferrybridge battery storage project, will once again supply the battery energy storage system.

SSE Renewables took a final investment decision on the project back in November 2023 and the site aims to energise in late 2025.

Once operational, it will be one of the largest battery storage systems in the country, capable of powering over half a million UK homes for up to two hours at a time*.

Richard Cave-Bigley, Director of Solar & Battery – SSE Renewables, said: “We’re excited to be working with Morrison Energy Services and Sungrow on what is our largest battery storage project to date.

“Projects like our battery storage facility at Monk Fryston are crucial in reaching the UK’s net zero goals and being able to harness the abundance of energy generated from our existing renewables portfolio.”

Donnie Whyte, Managing Director at Morrison Energy Services, said: “We are looking forward to working with SSE and Sungrow on the delivery of this flagship Battery Storage project. This project represents a significant progression for our business in the renewables sector as part of our overall strategy supporting the UK’s journey to net zero.”

James Li, Director ESS of Sungrow Europe, said: “We are delighted to support another landmark BESS project in the UK, that will aid in enhancing the utilisation of renewable energy and the overall stability and flexibility of the power grid.

“With SSE Renewables and Morrison Energy Services we share the same values for safe and efficient projects that will accelerate the efforts towards net zero and a sustainable future for all.”

*[519,000 homes powered for 2 hours, based on an 320MW (640MWh) battery against assumed daytime hourly use of 0.62 kWh (Typical Domestic Consumption Values, Medium Electricity Profile Class 1, 2,700kWh per household, OFGEM).]