Balance Power secures planning approval for 40MW UK battery



February 21, 2024

Energy developer Balance Power has secured planning approval for a 40MW battery storage project in Cheshire in the UK.

The project, located in Cheadle, will provide “grid stability” for around 90,000 homes, a Balance Power statement said.

It added that the project will lead to the avoidance of around 5,500 tonnes of CO2 per year, “equivalent to taking 2,000 cars off the road”.

The storage facility is due to be operational in 2028, with construction planned to begin as early as 2026. After its 40-year lifecycle the project will be decommissioned and the site will be returned to its former use and condition, Balance Power said.

Dan Levy, planning lead at Balance Power, said: “We’re extremely excited about securing planning permission for this battery storage facility. Not only will it make a significant contribution to Staffordshire Moorlands achieving its objectives to be carbon neutral by 2030, and bring new clean energy infrastructure to the area, but battery storage is also essential for the UK’s transition to net zero. It’s crucial in diversifying the energy network and reducing the need for fossil fuel technologies. We’re also really proud to have received unanimous support from Staffordshire Moorlands and for the strong support we also received from Cheadle Town Council and nearby residents.”