14 December 2023

The Net Zero Services team at independent UK law firm Burges Salmon has advised a Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and Alcemi joint venture company on the construction, operation and optimisation contracts for a 500MW / 1000 MWh battery storage project to be built at Coalburn, near Glasgow.

The Coalburn 1 project will utilise: Canadian Solar’s e-STORAGE proprietary energy storage solution, SolBank; H&MV Engineering for the balance of plant works; and SSE Energy Markets to provide optimisation services. The project is expected to be operational in late 2025 and once commissioned will be one of the largest of its kind in Europe.

The multi-disciplinary Burges Salmon team that advised on the transaction was led by partners Lloyd James and Alec Whiter and senior associate Laura Sharples.

Lloyd James comments: “It has been a pleasure to work side by side with CIP and Alcemi on this nationally significant energy project. This transaction represents a significant milestone for CIP and Alcemi as they look to deploy 4GW of energy storage assets across the UK and we are delighted to have been able to assist. Large scale energy storage system projects hold huge potential to solve many of the energy challenges we face today and our Net Zero lawyers have been at the forefront of this sector for over a decade, having advised on many of the highest profile transactions and emerging energy storage technologies.”

Burges Salmon has a large Energy practice across the UK and is regularly engaged in onshore and offshore wind matters, solar developments and biomass projects. The firm also has particular expertise in renewable and emerging technologies, including battery storage and waste-to-energy plants. This is the latest in a series of Scottish-based renewable and energy transition projects that the firm has advised on, having recently acted on Scotland's largest airport-based solar project.

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