Permission granted for Lithium-ion battery storage facility in Carlow despite locals' concerns

A total of 39 submissions were made on the planning application

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File photo of a battery energy storage system

A total of 39 public submissions were made on a planning application for a Lithium-ion battery storage facility in Carlow that has now been approved for construction. 

Carlow County Council has granted 10 year planning permission for the development in Kellistown near Rathtoe.

It will consist of construction and operation of up to 34 metal containers to store up to a project total of up to 100MW (13.2 tons of Lithium lon) sealed battery cells each with entrances, fire supression systems, heating ventilation and air conditioning systems at Kellistown East. 

Several public meetings were held in Rathtoe around concerns over the proposal by Engie to erect a battery energy storage facility on the edge of the village. 

A number of locals campaigned to stop the development from going ahead.

Cllr Will Paton has said "the toxic fumes from a fire at the facility would hit the local national school of 100 pupils within 3 minutes if the wind was blowing in the right direction on the day of a fire". 

There are 25 conditions attached to the planning decision. 

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