Planning permission granted for €25 million battery story facility in Monaghan

Innogy Renewables Ireland Limited has been granted planning permission to make a battery storage facility at Lisdrumdoagh, Monaghan.

The German-based company say the battery storage system, which will be its first in Ireland, will have the capacity to power around 125,000 homes, and that the planned investment totals €25 million.

The planners report for the project says that a “secure and reliable energy infrastructure” will “promote growth” and “attract investment to the county”.

Permission had previously been granted in 2018 for the construction of an energy storage facility on the 1.1 hectare site.

However, the new works will consist of the installation of additional electrical equipment in the ESB substation to facilitate the connection of the Battery Storage Facility.

These additions will include a 110 kilovolt busbar extension, a 110 kilovolt transformer bay and a 110 kilovolt coupler bay, as well as the installation of 185 metres of 110 kilovolt underground ducting and cables between the ESB substation and the Battery Storage Site.

The works will also include the erection of palisade fencing between the two sites, and the extension of the existing access road.