Battery storage project approval

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Planning permission has been granted on a new battery storage project in St Austell.

The 49.5MW project was granted development approval by Cornwall Council, following extensive community engagement, parish council meetings, and a pre-application. The battery storage facility will be energised in 2028.

Specialising in a mix of renewable technologies including solar PV and battery storage, Balance Power has secured planning consents on more than 396 MW of generating capacity, 164MW in 2022 alone, with a further 1.2GW of generating capacity under development. Balance Power has delivered 34 energy projects and is continuing to develop an ever-expanding portfolio of projects at strategic locations across the UK.

Phil Thompson, CEO at Balance Power, said: “We are proud to be growing our pipeline of projects that will have a direct, positive impact on the UK’s transition to net zero and achieving energy security. The issue over the UK’s energy security must be addressed through increased investment and development of renewables and power storage projects, in addition to the grid’s infrastructure.

“I want to praise Cornwall Council, which since the beginning, has been extremely supportive of the project and understands the positive impact it will have in the long-term. We look forward to seeing the project become fully operational in the coming years.”