Low-carbon infrastructure to support the zero-carbon transition.

As the UK and Ireland’s clean energy champion, SSE is investing £18bn by 2027 and up to £40bn over the next decade to support the zero-carbon energy transition. Driven by its purpose to provide the energy needed today, while building a better world of energy for tomorrow, SSE develops, builds, operates and invests in the low-carbon electricity infrastructure and businesses needed in the transition to Net Zero.

Why join The Solent Cluster?

SSE Energy Solutions and SSE Thermal joined The Solent Cluster to facilitate the development of low-carbon electricity infrastructure in the South of England.

The Solent Cluster provides an opportunity for SSE Energy Solutions to invest in region-specific activities, supporting business retention and growth and helping to attract new business to the locality. SSE Energy Solutions is also keen to ensure local communities benefit from its activity in the area, with benefits such as access to EV charging, job creation, education and re-skilling for new roles in the sector. SSE Energy Solutions is looking forward to collaborating with Cluster members, from large energy users to businesses and local community organisations, working together toward shared goals.

SSE Thermal believes that low-carbon flexible power will be crucial in complementing a renewables-led power system in the transition to Net Zero, supporting decarbonisation and ensuring security of supply. SSE Thermal recognises the need for low-carbon dispatchable power across the UK in order to reach a decarbonised power system by 2035. Futureproofing infrastructure in the South of England through technologies such as hydrogen and carbon capture would allow flexible power stations in the region to continue to provide flexible generation in a Net Zero world.

Powering sustainable change

SSE’s vision is to be a leading energy company in a Net Zero world​. To achieve this, SSE will build, operate, and invest in the electricity infrastructure and businesses needed in the transition to Net Zero. SSE is committed to being operationally Net Zero by 2050 and has set four 2030 business goals aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

These goals include: reduction of Scope 1 carbon intensity by 80 percent, compared to 2017/18 levels; the increase of renewable energy output fivefold; enabling at least 20GW of renewable generation, and facilitating around two million electric vehicles and one million heat pumps on SSE ES’s electricity networks.

SSE is committed to science-based targets to achieve Net Zero and is working on multiple large-scale projects situated in regions that are developing more sustainable energy infrastructure.

Energy Solutions

SSE Energy Solutions

SSE Energy Solutions is a distributed energy infrastructure company, which develops, owns and operates low carbon infrastructure to support the zero-carbon transition. Our ‘Whole System Thinking’ approach combines the latest data analytics tools and digital technologies to intelligently coordinate and manage energy assets in the most flexible, joined-up, energy-efficient and cost-effective way, to decarbonise heat, transport and power.

SSE Thermal

SSE Thermal is a provider of flexible energy and is on a mission to deliver the energy needed today while powering the transition to Net Zero. 600+ employees play a crucial role in keeping the light on across the UK and Ireland and SSE are rising to the low-carbon challenge with its teams utilising cutting-edge technologies. Across the UK, it is developing ground-breaking carbon capture and storage projects and progressing plans for hydrogen-fired power generation, as well as hydrogen storage.

Ross McClory – Head of Business Development – Industrial & Commercial

“For SSE Energy Solutions, we are committed to supporting the regional requirement to achieve Net Zero plans by working with Local Authorities, Universities and private sector businesses across the UK. A combination of our significant financial investment and commitment to fund projects via our whole system thinking approach and social value is key to enabling projects to progress where viable. We joined The Solent Cluster to ensure this reaches the wider communities in areas like the Solent. We see real potential in the region and as an energy partner we have the ability to scale up by collaborating with our colleagues, to support the overarching ambition of the cluster.”

Our members

The Solent Cluster is a low-carbon energy project joining the UK’s journey to a Net Zero future. The project will produce, store, and distribute hydrogen to decarbonise the south coast region and is being developed and implemented by the collaboration of a wide variety of businesses, industries and public sector organisations.

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World leading collaborations creating a network that will decarbonise the South Coast region and beyond.