Connected Energy technology enables wholesale plant grower to make significant energy savings and engage in the circular economy

North-East innovator in battery storage technology joins forces with Boston Renewables to bring Yorkshire’s Coletta & Tyson greater energy performance and savings, additional revenue and enhanced integration of its existing solar PV array.

Established over 70 years ago, Coletta & Tyson is one of the Europe’s largest independent specialist growers of ornamental plants, supplying many well-known organisations and national retailers. The business prides itself on delivering high levels of innovation, service and quality to its customers, and in recent years has invested heavily in both renewable electricity and heat generation technologies to enable it to continue to do so.

It is this ethos of innovation and ingenuity that has seen it develop a long-term relationship with renewables specialists, Boston Renewables, which first installed solar PV two years ago. The current project will see a new 300kW battery storage system integrated with the existing 400kW solar PV array, installed on the company’s site in Beverley, East Yorkshire.

The project has an expected payback period of around five years. It will provide savings on electricity bills through time of use energy management and ensure security of supply at times of gird stress. In addition, the battery gives the opportunity for Coletta & Tyson to diversify its revenue streams through participation in frequency balancing, the Capacity Market and arbitrage. The system uses second-life Renault electric vehicle batteries and is, therefore, a shining example of engagement in the circular economy; something which is very important to its national retailer clients.

Coletta & Tyson confirmed that the containerised aspect of Connected Energy’s E-STOR system, which means there is a minimal land-take and ease of installation, was another significant factor in choosing Connected Energy’s technology.

Speaking about the project, Connected Energy’s Head of UK Sales, Jason Cox said:

“We are delighted that this innovative project is underway. It offers a win-win scenario for all involved: it will enhance Coletta & Tyson’s ongoing commitment to renewable energy, open up additional revenue streams and provide the opportunity to engage in the circular economy.”