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Shell (RDS.A) Boosts Solar Market Base in UK With 800MW Deal

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Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS.A - Free Report) recently announced its first entry into solar development in the United Kingdom, establishing two collaborations that will lead to the construction of more than 800 megawatts (MW) of power.

The Anglo-Dutch supermajor inked a framework deal with developer Island Green Power for the development of photovoltaic (PV) projects with co-located battery storage. The parties will first work together on more than 700 MW of total generating capacity.

The second collaboration is with Clearstone Energy of the United Kingdom, which will encompass projects with a combined capacity of 100 MW and co-located storage potential. Both transactions are contingent on the future final investment decisions.

Shell, which is already involved in solar developments in other markets around the world, plans to utilize the solar capacity to create renewable energy in the areas where customer demand is high as part of a larger ambition to develop an integrated energy firm in the UK market.

Following the 2017 acquisition of First Utility, which was finalized in 2018, Shell already has a power provider in the UK. In 2019, the firm changed its name to Shell Energy and announced that it transitioned all of its residential clients to 100% renewable energy.

Shell is already developing solar projects in other regions as well as making significant inroads into offshore wind, such as floating turbines as part of an effort to build a sustainable energy base.

The company's UK solar venture came at a time when Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces plans to transition Britain's power generation considerably to a renewable and nuclear set-up by 2035, a job that experts say will necessitate massive new wind and solar installations as well as storage and a redesigned infrastructure.

Shell, like its European Big Oil competitors, pledged to reduce its traditional oil and gas operations in favor of cleaner energy sources with electricity as a key component of its transition plan.

Unlike its peers, this energy player primarily concentrated on long-term power purchase agreements or smaller investments in technological firms. This contrasts with multibillion-dollar investments in wind generation by BP p.l.c. (BP - Free Report) and TotalEnergies SE’s (TTE - Free Report) acquisition of a share in Adani Green Energy Ltd, an Indian renewables business.

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