BayWa r.e. secures approval for the planning application to construct a major stand-alone Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in Europe. This marks its inaugural project in the UK, developed in collaboration with Grüne Energien Solar GmbH.
The Meadow Farm, a 57 MW Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), boasting a 171 MWh capacity, will be constructed in Stockton-on-Tees, Northeast England. It aims to enhance local electricity system stability, offering flexibility and facilitating the integration of renewable generation into the grid. This aligns with the broader goal of fostering a cleaner environment and a greener economy in the UK.
BayWa r.e. has outlined initiatives to enhance local biodiversity, encompassing the planting of native grassland, wildflowers, hedgerows, and trees. These efforts will result in a Biodiversity Net Gain exceeding 28% for habitats and over 14% for hedgerows.
John Milligan, Managing Director at BayWa r.e. UK., said, “BESS facilities like Meadow Farm allow flexibility within the national electricity transmission, complementing renewable energy generation profiles. Having successfully secured planning approval for our first stand-alone BESS project in the UK reflects our ongoing dedication and growth in delivering innovative projects.”
Julian Gerstner, Head of Storage EMEA at BayWa r.e. added, “We are thrilled to bring our storage capabilities to the next level with our largest stand-alone storage project in the UK to date and one of our biggest in Europe. The development of large BESS projects – either connected with renewable energy plants or as stand-alone – demonstrates the full potential of green energy, bringing grid flexibility and stability, as well as contributing significantly to the acceleration of the energy transition.”