Harmony secures planning for Salisbury scheme

24 March 2020

Harmony Energy has secured planning permission for a new 49.5MW battery energy storage system in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

With grid, land rights and now planning permission all secured, Harmony can move forward with the lithium-ion scheme on land adjacent to Salisbury Substation, which will provide energy balancing services to the National Grid.

It is the latest in Harmony’s pipeline of utility-scale battery energy storage developments to have been granted planning permission, closely following its 99MW scheme at Creyke Beck in Hull.

Pete Grogan, director at Harmony Energy, said: “With grid, land rights and most recently planning permission secured, the Salisbury project is now ‘shovel-ready’. This scheme will connect to the distribution network at 132kV, allowing more intermittent renewable energy from wind and solar projects to be installed onto the grid.

“We are entering a critical period for the future of the UK’s energy supply. Coal-fired power is on track to be phased out by 2025 and with strict targets to decarbonise our system through the continued rollout of low-carbon generation, utility-scale energy storage systems like these are key to maintaining security, stability and flexibility.”

Harmony Energy has over 500MW of battery energy storage assets construction-ready or in development in the UK.

Battery

Battery energy storage systems (BESS) are the key to unlocking the full potential of intermittent renewable energy; the more renewable energy that is connected, the more important the ability to manage its intermittent nature becomes. Harmony have 42MW/84MWh BESS operating in the UK, with a future 326MW/652MWh in build.

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Solar

Harmony Energy is currently developing large solar PV farms, using our project expertise to support landowners throughout the development process.

In the UK Harmony is developing 200MWs of standalone solar projects and 500MWs of solar projects co-located with its battery projects

Solar PV is a proven, cost-effective technology and many countries around the world are turning to it to help meet their energy needs.

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Wind

Harmony Energy has built and operated 15 wind power sites in the UK, so we have a wealth of project and technical expertise to share with landowners.

Our wind business was backed by one of the world’s largest infrastructure investors - Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). The majority of the portfolio was sold to Blackfinch Investments in 2019.

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