Recurrent & Windel get green light for 400MWh UK battery

June 6, 2024

Recurrent Energy and Windel Energy have been granted planning permission by Cumberland Council in the UK for a 200MW/400MWh battery energy storage system.

The project will be situated between the villages of Todhills and Westlinton in Carlisle.  The system will be connected to the nearby Harker National Grid Substation via an underground 400kV cable, which will be buried in the adopted highway.

The Harker site comprises three fields, measuring approximately 6.4 hectares and will include approximately 162 battery container units. The site is anticipated to start construction in Q4 2029 – subject to a grid connection date which is currently under review for acceleration with National Grid. On completion a local community benefit fund of £200,000 will be provided for the parish councils to draw from and invest in the community as appropriate.

Jamie Knott, managing director at Windel Energy said: “We are delighted to receive planning consent for this project and it is a testament to our ongoing commitment to deliver a more sustainable future for the generations that follow. Cumberland Council clearly recognise the need for the project, and we have enjoyed working alongside them to ensure that the project we deliver is technically and environmentally acceptable, while supporting a decarbonised electricity network and the delivery of tangible local benefits.”

Harry Wilder, head of business development UK at Recurrent Energy added: “The consenting of the Harker 200MW/400MWh project marks a momentous moment for Recurrent Energy in the UK. It is our first Battery Energy Storage System to reach this milestone both with our development partner Windel Energy and in our wider multi-GW portfolio of Energy Storage. Recurrent Energy is committed in our mission, and the deployment of Battery Energy Storage Systems are crucial to the successful role out of clean, green renewable generation which is necessary to meet the UK’s globally leading climate goals and secure the future of generations to come.”


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