Pathfinder Clean Energy (PACE), a UK-headquartered international developer of utility scale solar and battery storage projects is delighted to announce the planning approval of its largest Battery and Energy Storage (BESS) project to date – with a first phase intended to be 69MW/138MWh.

The scheme, known as Thurleigh Road Energy Storage System (ESS), will provide important grid balancing services to support the UK’s transition to a renewable energy system. The site is located close to the Twinwoods industrial park in Bedfordshire and has been carefully chosen to be well away from residential properties. It is already well screened and the proposals also include new native hedges, which will provide habitats for local species.  

Rob Denman, Managing Director of PACE said, ‘PACE is delighted to announce planning approval for the Thurleigh Road ESS Park. This follows closely on the announcement of our permitting approval of our Grange 70MWp project at the end of 2023’.

Rob said, ‘Energy storage will play a substantial role in the route to Net-Zero and this project complements our various solar generation and solar+storage co-located projects in the UK and internationally. We continue to evaluate ways we can optimise our projects with the addition of new and existing technologies including solar, wind, green hydrogen but this is an exciting project that can connect as soon as constructed and make a contribution to the fight against climate change. This project we anticipate will be initially a 69MW/138MWh project’’.