A 25MW battery energy storage system (BESS) in Somerset will see an additional 5MW, taking it to its maximum capacity. The BESS, developed by the South Somerset District Council (SSDC) and local company Opium Power, is now to be a total of 30MW with the addition of a new development at the same site. The system, which has a one hour duration, is already providing flexibility services to the grid. The site, located near Taunton in Somerset, was developed earlier this year after being announced in 2018. With the additional capacity, it is set to become the largest council-owned battery storage system in the UK. Approval of a viable business case for c.£2.5 million has been approved from SSDC’s investment fund to enable the BESS to “maximise its benefits.
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