UK storage developer Field to expand into Spain

July 9, 2024

UK energy storage developer Field is to expand into Spain, with operations led by general manager Toni Martinez, as it “works to roll out hundreds of megawatts of storage in the country by 2030”, a company statement said.

Spain is rapidly deploying renewable energy to decarbonise its grid and expects to increase clean energy generation to 81 per cent by 2030, Field said in a statement. Last year, the Spanish Government’s draft National Energy and Climate Plan forecasted the deployment of 76 GW of utility-scale solar capacity, 62 GW of wind project, and 22 GW of energy storage by the end of the decade.

Martinez,was appointed in 2023 to oversee Field’s Spanish operations and establish a team from the newly launched Barcelona office. An infrastructure expert, he was previously managing director at project developer, GIA Power, and head of finance for Europe and Latin America at Trina Solar.

Toni Martinez, general manager, Field Spain, said: “We’re seeing an increase in renewable energy generation in Spain as we make significant strides to deliver our decarbonisation strategy. However, the frequent occurrence of negative prices in the Spanish electricity market indicates an excess of renewable generation and underscores the need for storage to balance supply and demand, helping manage intermittency and ensure grid stability. I’m excited to bring my expertise to Field and to be part of a business that is passionate about achieving the energy transition – of which battery storage is a vital element. I look forward to growing the team here and developing, building and operating the infrastructure Spain needs to achieve net zero.”

Amit Gudka, CEO, Field, added: “Toni brings deep expertise to our operations in Spain, an important market as we expand across Europe and work to achieve a net zero future. Without battery storage, renewable energy cannot scale at the pace the world needs to decarbonise. With the right policy and regulation in place, our batteries will not only balance supply and demand across the grid but will even more to make use of the existing transmission infrastructure and renewable energy supplies we already have.”