ENERGY STORAGE

Innova gets green light for 1,880MWh UK storage project

January 5, 2024

Innova has secured planning permission for the 940MW / 1,880MWh Heysham Energy Storage project in Lancashire.

Once energised, the project will store enough energy to power approximately 2.2 million homes for a two-hour period. “The site will include around 22 acres of landscaping and planting, delivering significant biodiversity net gain on site,” an Innova statement said.

Innova said a local community benefit fund would also be set up, totalling £47,000 a year for the project’s 50-year lifetime. An additional £18,800 will also be donated to charitable causes every year for the lifetime of the project.

Lizzie Tearle, senior project manager at Innova, said: “As our second transmission consented ESS project in two months, achieving planning permission for Heysham Energy Storage represents another great stride forward in Innova’s mission to deliver vital energy storage in strategic locations, whilst positively improving the environment.

“On behalf of Innova, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank officers of Lancaster City Council, the landowners, their representatives, and our planning consultants at Wardell Armstrong for their engagement with the team throughout the planning process.”