The Energy Storage Report 2024

Now available to download, covering deployments, technology, policy and finance in the energy storage market

Developer Innova gets planning approval for 940MW/1,880MWh BESS in North-West England

By Lena Dias Martins
LinkedIn
Twitter
Reddit
Facebook
Email

Renewables developer Innova has acquired planning permission for a 940MW battery energy storage system (BESS) project with a storage capacity of 1,880MWh in North-West England, UK.

With planning permission submitted in June 2023 and agreed by Lancaster City Council on 28 November, the Heysham Energy Storage standalone project will be located on 72 acres of land – including 22 acres of landscaping and planting – on land owned by Fanny House Farm in Heysham. Heysham is a village near the country’s coastline around 105km from each of two major northern cities in Manchester and Liverpool.

This article requires Premium SubscriptionBasic (FREE) Subscription

Enjoy 12 months of exclusive analysis

  • Regular insight and analysis of the industry’s biggest developments
  • In-depth interviews with the industry’s leading figures
  • Annual digital subscription to the PV Tech Power journal
  • Discounts on Solar Media’s portfolio of events, in-person and virtual

Or continue reading this article for free

Innova has also committed to setting up a local community benefit fund totalling £47,000 (US$59,613) a year throughout the project’s 50-year lifetime.

“As our second transmission consented ESS project in two months, achieving planning permission for Heysham Energy Storage represents another great stride forward in Innova’s mission to deliver vital energy storage in strategic locations, whilst positively improving the environment,” said Lizzie Tearle, senior project manager at Innova.

“On behalf of Innova, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank officers of Lancaster City Council, the landowners, their representatives, and our planning consultants at Wardell Armstrong for their engagement with the team throughout the planning process.”

Innova has been bolstering its BESS portfolio of late, including an agreement for a £40 million debt faculty for solar and BESS with investment manager Triple Point in November.

Planning permission for the Heysham project also follows Innova achieving full consent for the transmission system-connected 400MW/800MWh Blackdyke storage project – the first in its portfolio to do so. Although a construction start date is yet to be announced, it must commence within three years of the projects receiving consent, to avoid blocking the transmission connection queue.

This story first appeared on Solar Power Portal.

Energy-Storage.news’ publisher Solar Media will host the 9th annual Energy Storage Summit EU in London, 20-21 February 2024. This year it is moving to a larger venue, bringing together Europe’s leading investors, policymakers, developers, utilities, energy buyers and service providers all in one place. Visit the official site for more info.

Read Next

Premium
March 1, 2024
This Friday Briefing covers how advanced inverters can impact CO2 levels and why fire safety is a topic the industry can tackle together.
March 1, 2024
London Stock Exchange-listed battery storage investment firm Harmony Energy Income Trust (HEIT) has predicted that it can generate “attractive returns” despite the ongoing woes in battery energy storage revenues in the GB market.
Premium
March 1, 2024
Italy grid-scale energy storage market opportunities unlike anywhere else, but many challenges and uncertainties around the different revenue streams remain, including the upcoming MACSE capacity market auction.
February 29, 2024
EDF Renewables North America has signed a PPA with California utility Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) for part of the offtake of a solar-plus-storage project in neighbouring Nevada with a 780MWh BESS.
Premium
February 29, 2024
We hear from industry sources about why we’ve seen a flurry of investors acquiring energy storage developer-operators in the UK and Germany, Europe’s two largest markets by BESS deployments.

Most Popular

Email Newsletter