Image: SSE Renewables

Image: SSE Renewables

SSE’s Solar and Battery team is joining SSE Renewables to advance the delivery of a nearly 2GW project pipeline in the UK and Ireland, and to expand into Europe. 

The SSE Solar and Battery’s 100-person team was previously incubated in SSE plc’s Enterprise division. SSE said that the shift to working under SSE Renewables would happen with immediate effect and would help support SSE Renewables net zero goals. 

SSE Renewables has been growing its presence internationally and will provide opportunities for the Solar and Battery division scale up, with a remit covering the UK, Ireland and expansion across Europe. 

Finlay McCutcheon, director of onshore renewables (Europe) at SSE Renewables said that “the people, plans and pipeline Solar and Battery already have in place is impressive and we can collectively scale up our combined ambitions to grow our market share in both technologies.” 

“Both solar and battery technology complement our offerings in onshore wind and hydro and bring us greater portfolio diversity. Solar is now a cost-effective low carbon technology with huge potential in its markets both domestically and internationally; and battery storage is a key part of the net zero jigsaw, thanks to its ability to store and discharge energy when most needed by the Grid,” McCutcheon said. 

Richard Cave-Bigley, director of Solar and Battery at SSE Renewables said that “SSE Renewables is now the natural home for our people and pipeline, and it means even greater growth opportunities lie ahead.” 

In January SSE Renewables announced the collocation of solar and battery storage facilities at the 18 turbine Richfield Wind Farm in Bridgetown, County Wexford, Ireland. In 2022, SSE’s first grid-scale battery project in Salisbury, Wiltshire was announced as the first site to be directly connected to the transmission network by SSE’s new solar and battery division.