23rd Aug 2022

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Northumberland Estates has submitted planning applications for two Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) in North Tyneside with the potential to store up to 50mw of renewable energy at each site.

The application to develop BESS is a major development for Northumberland Estates, marking its entry into the fast-growing renewables market and supporting the UK’s commitment to a low carbon economy. In addition to this scheme, the company has also announced long-term plans to invest in solar energy with large-scale developments and rooftop provision being prepared to assist in the transition towards affordable, domestically produced, renewable energy. 

Battery storage technologies are essential for replacing fossil fuels with renewable sources of energy and play a pivotal role between green energy supplies and demand. The proposed scheme uses batteries to store electricity generated from renewable energy, like solar, to ensure a stable supply when it is needed the most.

Several sites in the North East have been identified for potential battery energy storage systems, which will help meet the shifting demands of the energy market and provide more flexible power to the region. Each site has a battery capacity of 50MW and has been carefully considered to maximise the import and export of energy and produce a reliable, cost-effective supply.

David Straughan, Northumberland Estates, Director of Development said: “Progress towards renewables requires a significant change in the UK’s energy infrastructure and backup technologies, such as battery energy storage systems, are vital to secure the supply for use outside of sunlight hours. They offer a safe and effective way of storing green energy, ensuring we can provide a stable supply during peak electric usage or operate critical systems during a grid outage and supports the UK’s drive towards a renewable-powered future.”

Northumberland Estates continued investment in the North East renewables sector not only assists in delivering net zero through decarbonised energy schemes, but also supports job creation and skills development in the region.