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PWA secures green light for Paisley battery energy storage facility

Planning permission has been granted for a new battery energy storage scheme on a brownfield site in Paisley, Scotland, which will contribute towards the country’s ambitious carbon reduction targets.

Energy Planning Limited, the specialist energy division of planning consultancy PWA Planning Group, made the application to Renfrewshire Council on behalf of Larkfleet Group Limited.

When fully charged, the system, which will comprise 28 battery containers, will be able to store up to 49.5MW of power which will feed into the electricity network to supply the equivalent of 10,000 homes.

The batteries will be stored within an existing gasholder frame located on site, which is thought to be the oldest in Scotland and is a Category A listed building.

The development will provide energy balancing services to the National Grid and will contribute towards Scotland’s carbon reduction targets by drawing electricity from the grid at times of low demand, storing in the units and releasing when required – therefore reducing the reliance on non-renewable resources and decreasing carbon emissions.

The Scottish government is aiming for net zero emissions by 2045, ahead of the UK’s target of achieving the same milestone by 2050.

Established in 2005, the Larkfleet Group of companies is an award-winning developer of sustainable energy projects, investor in sustainability focused research and development (R&D) projects, and a provider of energy-efficiency improvements for new and existing buildings.

Louise Leyland, associate at Energy Planning, said: “To achieve net zero targets, rapid growth in renewable energy generation is required. Energy storage facilities play a highly important role in this, so we’re thrilled to have supported Larkfleet Group with progressing this development.”

Simon Evans, director of operations at the Larkfleet Group, said: “This new development will greatly increase our ability to support the government’s plans to reduce carbon emissions by 2045. We’re thankful to the team at Energy Planning for their support in helping us bring this development to fruition.”

Energy Planning was launched by PWA in 2022 to support clients in the renewable energy sector and provide planning services for energy storage, solar and wind projects.

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