Balance Power wins planning nod for 30-MW battery in England

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November 24 (Renewables Now) - UK energy developer Balance Power said today it has been awarded planning approval for a 30-MW battery storage project in Devon, South West England.

Dubbed the North Tawton battery, the facility will be installed to provide stability and flexibility services to the local power grid. Balance power intends to launch construction activities early next year and commission the battery in the first quarter of 2023.

The stand-alone project was granted development approval by West Devon Borough Council.

Balance Power pointed out that the region is already abundant in installed renewable energy capacity and the battery will play “a critical role” in the balancing of generation. The 30-MW project is the first one it announces as part of a proposed battery development cluster in the southwest of England. The company is due to unveil plans for more schemes in the coming months.

Once fully operational, the North Tawton battery system will be capable of storing enough electricity to cover the electricity consumption of up to 90,000 homes during peak demand periods.

Balance Power currently has 30 consented projects in its portfolio and is developing over 1 GW of battery storage schemes globally. To date, the UK firm has delivered 252 MW of projects.

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