The removal of planning barriers could pave the way for a tripling of battery storage projects on the grid, according to the Government.
Secondary legislation has now been passed by ministers to allow for projects above 50MW in England and 350MW in Wales.
Minister for Energy and Clean Growth Kwasi Kwarteng said: “The key to capturing the full value of renewables is in ensuring homes and businesses can still be powered by green energy even when the sun is not shining, or the wind has stopped blowing.
”Removing barriers in the planning system will help us build bigger and more powerful batteries, creating more green-collar jobs and a smarter electricity network.”
Frank Gordon, Head of Policy at the Renewable Energy Association, said the previous cap on projects was “largely arbitrary and skewed the market.”
“As energy storage built alongside new renewables projects is crucial to unlocking subsidy-free deployment, the old system acted as major barrier to achieving our Net Zero target and building low-cost generation sites.”
But he added that there are a “matrix of changes that need to be made to the way our grids and energy system are managed if we are to fully decarbonise.”