Statera Energy completes debt refinancing deal

Statera Energy, a developer of electricity generation and storage capacity, has completed a debt facility re-financing with NatWest.

Statera Energy completes debt refinancing deal

According to the company, the re-financing deal is one of the first for a battery storage installation in the UK, and signals the maturity of energy storage as an asset class.

The 49.99MW lithium-ion battery storage system (BSS), located near Bishop’s Stortford, England, is the largest single battery storage facility built in the UK to date. It was commissioned in December 2017 under a two-year contract with National Grid to provide grid balancing services.

National Grid uses the Pelham BSS to help balance supply and demand. The BSS provides dynamic firm frequency response (FFR) services. It responds to second-by-second changes in the grid; storing power when generation exceeds demand and exporting power when there is more demand than generation.

In addition to the two-year FFR contract, the project also secured a 15-year capacity market contract commencing in 2020/21, committing the unit to providing grid capacity during periods of system stress.

“We are delighted to have successfully completed six months of operation and the facility re-financing with NatWest,” commented Tom Vernon, managing director, Statera Energy. “The deal is a first in the UK as it demonstrates the bankability of battery storage, and NatWest’s pragmatic and professional approach was essential in structuring a financing of this nature.

“We believe that battery storage will play a pivotal role in facilitating the UK’s transition to low carbon generation and thanks are due to all parties involved in delivering this landmark project. It has been an immense team effort where we have benefited from the full support and cooperation of UK Power Networks and National Grid.”


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