US-based construction and engineering firm Black & Veatch has secured a contract from Amberside Energy for an initial 2GW of solar and battery storage capacity in the UK.

The company will offer technical advisory and support services for Amberside’s solar and storage portfolio framework.

The framework agreement scope includes standalone solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery projects, as well as co-located solar PV and battery sites, located across the UK.

Amberside Energy CEO Marc Scambler said: “We chose Black & Veatch because of their global experience, diligent approach and alignment with our drive for engineering excellence in everything we do.

“This portfolio is part of our suite of plans, all chosen to support the UK in achieving its decarbonisation targets.”

Black & Veatch will also be responsible for designing and planning the electricity distribution and transmission assets, as well as managing interfaces with National Grid and distribution network operators.

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The contract’s scope includes creating independent energy production estimates for each site, with project capacities expected to range from 20MW to 100MW.

Black & Veatch UK director and associate vice-president Robbie Gibson said: “These projects add vital energy to the grid in challenging times.

“As both a developer and asset optimiser, Amberside Energy’s innovative and forward-thinking approach to this major solar and storage portfolio comes at a pivotal time.”

Black & Veatch said it will use the services of UK power professionals and expertise from its global power business for this project.

The company has provided services for more than 49GW of solar capacity worldwide to date, as well as battery storage systems with more than 16GWh of total capacity.

Earlier this year, Black & Veatch was contracted to build a 270MW solar project in central Texas for petrol company Buckeye Partners.

The solar PV project will have more than 500,000 solar panels and is due to be completed early next year.