Norwegian state-owned power giant Statkraft has scooped up the largest contract in Ireland’s first Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS), with two farms totaling 276MWp coming out successful. The two farms – the 78MWp/52MW Blundelstown and the 198MWp/119MW Gallanstown – were the largest solar farms to win contracts according to the provisional RESS results. The larger of the two, Gallanstown, was acquired from developer JBM Solar as part of a 320MW portfolio in 2019. The portfolio contained nine utility-scale Irish developments and marked Statkraft’s first move into the Irish solar market. It does already, however, have a presence in Ireland’s battery storage market, having completed construction on Ireland’s first utility-scale battery in January. The 11MW asset is to enter into a contract with Irish transmission operator EirGrid through its DS3 flexibility market.
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