Alcemi gets green light for 1.5GW of UK battery storage

February 2, 2024

Energy storage developer Alcemi has received planning permission for 1.5GW of battery energy storage projects in Scotland.

The projects were developed in collaboration with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) through its Flagship Funds.

The projects are: Devilla Energy Storage, a 500MW/1,000MWh project located in Fife north of Edinburgh; and Rawhills Energy Storage, a 1GW/2GWh project located in Coalburn, south of Glasgow.

“Working closely with local authorities and stakeholders, both projects have undergone extensive environmental impact assessments to ensure they meet the highest sustainability and safety standards,” an Alcemi statement said. “Environmental initiatives include tree and shrub planting and the creation of new habitats, which will enhance biodiversity across the sites. The granting of planning permission by the [Scottish Government’s] Energy Consents Unit (ECU) is a testament to their dedication to advancing the transition to clean energy.”

The final investment decision from CIP is expected later this year, with construction commencing shortly after.

James Forster, chief development director at Alcemi, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Alcemi and advances our mission to facilitate the UK’s transition to clean energy. These projects will provide stability to the grid, limit network constraints, and are vital to maximising our offshore wind generation. They are a key component to ensuring renewable energy is transported across the country.”