We have serious concerns about the installation of a large number of batteries (six 20ft containers) to store energy produced by the site.
There have already been cases where this type of battery storage has caught fire, including one fire that resulted in a major incident in Liverpool that is currently subject to an enquiry by the HSE. (read more)
John Constable, Director of the Renewable Energy Foundation (https://www.ref.org.uk), told us that expect Lithium batteries such as this will be a major safety issue going forward.
There are a couple of issues with these types of battery fires because they contain Lithium.
As a result, we have a number of concerns:
We think batteries should be excluded from the site because there is nowhere they can be located that is a safe distance from existing housing.
We have asked the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service for their opinion on this matter.