Clean storage developer RES Group has been given planners’ go-ahead to install its biggest battery yet.
The Hertfordshire-headquartered firm’s planned 99.9MW installation received approval this week for a site at Selby, north Yorkshire. It will bring the company’s fleet of storage managed to 420MW.
Construction is scheduled to start late next year, and full operations are set for late 2023.
The facility will cover over 3 hectares. Its core will be 42 transformers and 51 container units.
A biodiversity undertaking features as part of the project’s planning submission. It will exceed national guidelines stipulating a 10% biodiversity net gain on such developments.
The plot’s natural biodiversity will be preserved, scrub habitats will be created elsewhere within the site to provide landscape screening, neutral grassland and sustainable urban drainage features.
Alan McMahon, the company’s head of energy storage, declared: “At RES we’re committed to ensuring that everyone has access to affordable zero carbon energy. Energy storage is a tremendous way to use more renewable power more often.
“Increasing energy storage capacity allows us to safely maximise the useable output from renewables and is a key part of the infrastructure required to power the energy transition and meet the UK’s climate goals.”