Plans for 150MW UK battery refused due to alleged ‘fire risks’

March 5, 2024

Plans to build a 150MW battery facility at a solar farm in Kent in the UK have been rejected by a local authority after local campaigners raised fire safety concerns, according to media reports.

The Cleve Hill Solar Park, at Graveney, in Kent, was approved by the government in May 2020.

However plans to add battery storage to the project, which is owned by Quinbrook, have been rejected by Swale Borough Council after campaigners raised concerns about the fire risks associated with lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) batteries.

A Swale Borough Council report concluded that LFP batteries are “more subject to explosion risk than other types”.

Quinbrook says Cleve Hill “could provide enough affordable and clean electricity to power over 91,000 homes”.