Innova hails planners’ consent for 400MW Carlisle battery

Innova hails planners’ consent for 400MW two-hour grid-scale storage Carlisle battery

Renewable energy firm Innova is celebrating Cumberland Council’s grant of planning permission for its two-hour grid-scale storage battery, to be located at Blackdyke, near Carlisle.

Cheltenham-based Innova’s plan for a 400MW/800MWh-rated battery in Cumbria is the first large-scale transmission among its pipeline of 60 connected energy storage projects to receive full planning permission.

Promised for the venture is £20,000 in payments every year to community programmes and projects in the storage unit’s vicinity, plus a further £8,000 every year for local charities.  Biodiversity gains ranging from over 120% for wildlife habitats close to the device and 42% for river environments are among Innova’s pledges.

Ryan Adams, managing director of Innova’s renewables developments division, hailed last week’s decision  as a landmark moment“.

“Blackdyke is the largest project we’ve delivered to date and also one of the largest batteries ever to be developed globally.

“It’s the first in a total of 26 transmission connections Innova are developing”, Adams went on. “Subject to planning, these bring a further 23GW of energy projects to the UK in the next decade”.

Planning consultants Lichfields advised Innova.

The green power developers’ integrated approach lends, they say, a capability across the life cycle of any project. This embraces planning, grid connections, project rights development, financing, construction and asset management, power purchase agreements, and long-term operations.


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