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Ireland’s planning body approves 200MW battery storage project, country’s largest

By George Heynes
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Ireland’s national planning body An Bord Pleanàla has approved a €140 million (US$135.7 million) proposed battery storage facility set to be developed by Strategic Power Projects at Dunnstown, County Kildare.

The project will have a capacity of over 200MW, making it the single largest battery application in Ireland, the company said.

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Strategic Power Projects has been developing its renewable and battery pipeline since partnering with investment firm Gresham House in October 2021. Upon signing the partnership, the two firms committed to develop a solar and storage portfolio with a combined capacity of over 1GW.

The proposed facility situated at Dunnstown makes up part of this agreement. Strategic Power said building work will begin as soon as connection to the grid has been achieved.

“Ireland has made enormous strides over recent years in the development of wind and solar energy, but there needs to be similar action taken to ensure that we have enough energy storage capacity to make efficient use of the renewable energy we produce, and to balance the grid as it takes on more and more renewable energy,” Strategic Power Projects managing director Paul Carson said.

“The Dunnstown facility won’t solve Ireland’s storage problems on its own, but if the positive decision is a sign of things to come, then that is very positive news for the people of Ireland.”

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