Elements Green’s 360 MW/720 MWh battery storage project secures green light

UK-based solar and energy storage developer Elements Green has secured planning consent for its Staythorpe Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) project in the UK. The system will be colocated with a massive 800 MW solar farm.
The Staythorpe BESS masterplan.
The Staythorpe BESS masterplan. | Image: Elements Green

UK developer Elements Green has received planning permission for its 360 MW/720 MWh Staythorpe BESS project located to the northwest of Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, in the UK.

The project is slated to be commissioned in August 2026 and is expected to have an operational life of 40 years.

“We are preparing to begin construction and bring our vision to life, creating not only a state-of-the-art energy storage solution but also making a positive contribution to the local environment with additional planting and the creation of a permissive path,” Elements Green Executive Chairman Mark Turner said.

The project has committed to delivering more than 12 acres dedicated to landscape planting, woodland creation, and wildflower meadows, delivering at least 25.7% biodiversity net gain.

Battery project will create 30-50 high-skilled jobs

The big battery project will create 30-50 high-skilled jobs during construction and connect to the existing national grid substation at Staythorpe once completed.

The Staythorpe BESS will be colocated with the 800 MW Great North Road Solar Park, one of the nation’s largest renewable energy projects. In January this year, a public consultation and the land acquisition process was underway for the proposed PV farm.

“The UK Government has set ambitious and legally binding targets to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050. More renewable energy is needed to fast-track away from fossil fuels, and energy storage and large-scale solar development are recognised as having an important role in achieving this,” Turner says.

Elements Green says it is progressing a development pipeline in excess of 12 GW with greenfield development teams in the UK, EU, Australia, and US.

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