Dunamis delivered a 132KV substation for the project. Image: Fulcrum Group.

Dunamis has supported Lightsource bp with the design and build of high voltage electrical infrastructure for the Tiln Farm Solar Farm and Battery Energy Storage System Projects in Retford, Nottinghamshire.

Dunamis, an independent connection provider (IDP) that specialises in high voltage grid connections and networks, designed and delivered a 132KV substation for the project. Additionally, it managed the grid connection to the DNO, which has subsequently been adopted.

Stuart Weatherston, divisional director at Dunamis, said: “We are exceptionally proud of our well-established relationship with Lightsource bp and to secure and deliver another significant contract through tender to support the growth of its solar portfolio.

“Through our specialist High Voltage capabilities, and track record in the solar farm industry, we have been well positioned to successfully deliver this project in support a landmark project such as Tiln Farm for such a high-profile developer and operator.”

The collaboration between the companies builds on a longstanding relationship. Dunamis was able to secure the contract with Lightsource bp through a competitive tender process.

Lightsource bp’s Tiln Farm Solar project has an output capacity of 61MWp and will be the first of the company’s projects to use n-type tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) modules, a type of panel that use a different mix of materials to reduce material losses and improve efficiency. Further, £560,000 is allocated for the implementation of a bespoke Biodiversity Management Plan.

Graham Dolamore, head of construction at Lightsource bp said: “Throughout the project delivery, Dunamis demonstrated agility and flexibility in addressing the global supply chain challenges. Its engineers proactively adapted the design and construction programme for the high voltage systems, minimising impact on the overall project timeline.

“This flexibility allowed the systems to be constructed promptly, with delayed components added on-site as they became available, thereby mitigating delays as far as possible. The high voltage capabilities, project management and site operations management of Dunamis, has contributed to the safe and successful delivery of our first co-located Solar and BESS project globally.”

Lightsource bp’s first UK-based battery energy storage system (BESS) was energised at Tiln in February. This month, it outlined a proposal to fund, develop and build a 57MW solar and 54MW co-located energy storage installation in County Meath, ROI.