PRESS RELEASE: Solar industry welcomes decision to relax planning laws for large-scale battery storage

Solar Trade Association
14 July 2020

The Government has announced it will relax planning legislation to make it easier to construct large batteries to store renewable energy, in a move which will see ministers introduce secondary legislation to remove electricity storage, except pumped hydro, from the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) regime in England and Wales. [1]

STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said: “We welcome the decision to make it easier to deploy flexible large-scale energy storage technologies in the UK, which will help to further decarbonise and improve the resilience of our energy system.

The next steps in unlocking the potential of energy storage, and maximising the crucial role it can play in managing growing solar and wind output, are to provide greater access to flexibility markets, including the capacity market, and applying fairer network charging rules.

Our aim has to be to fully decarbonise these flexibility markets and minimise all use of fossil fuel generation.”

There is currently in excess of 13.5GW of battery storage projects in the pipeline, with 1.3GW ready to build, 5.7GW with planning permission and a further 6.5GW proposed. [2]




Editors notes:

[1] The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – The planning system for electricity storage: follow up consultation:

[2] Solar Media – UK Battery Storage Project Database Report:


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