The ground-breaking Fideoak Mill battery storage site in Taunton is the UK’s largest local authority-owned site, costing South Somerset District Council (SSDC) £12.3m+. It trades through a joint venture company, SSDC Opium Power, which was set up by SSDC, with a joint Board of Directors, comprising SSDC, locally-headquartered developer Opium Power and industry professionals, working with energy technology company Kiwi Power. It was fully operationalised in August 2020 – following the initial 25MW going live in June – the 30MW capacity site is made up of 22 containerised batteries manufactured by BYD Europe BV that can supply enough power to the grid for more than 30,000 homes, for up to an hour. The investment forms part of SSDC’s Commercial Strategy which seeks opportunities to generate income to future-proof council services to benefit their communities. It also helps the council achieve its commitment to reducing carbon emissions by 2030.
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