During 2016 Greenlight provided ecology, landscape and arboricultural advice on 20 energy storage system projects in locations throughout the UK.
Energy storage systems are designed to provide real-time grid stabilisation to the local area, allowing excess electricity generated from a variety of renewable and conventional sources to be stored in the batteries during times of low-demand. This stored capacity can then be fed back into the grid during times of peak demand, which can coincide with times of low generation (early mornings and evenings).
Energy storage can help to maintain reliable energy supplies by using stored electricity to compensate for lows in output from intermittent renewables such as wind or solar, or in the event that more traditional power generators have failure events. The greater predictability of energy that results from energy storage being integrated with renewable generation plants enables more renewable capacity to be allowed onto the UK Grid, reducing dependency on fossil fuels, thereby reducing UK carbon dioxide emissions.
Greenlight have advised on projects in Kent, Surrey, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Flintshire, totalling 200MWp capacity of energy storage.