BZA OKs battery farm

Open Road Renewables President Cyrus Tashakkori (at podium) details plans for the company’s $160 million lithium ion battery farm at 4000 North Papermill Road on Madison’s hilltop. Madison’s Board of Zoning Appeals on Monday approved a 50-year conditional use permit for the company to store power at the site as a backup to the regional power grid.

Madison’s Board of Zoning Appeals on Monday gave its blessing to the development of a $160 million energy storage system using massive banks of lithium ion batteries on a 10-acre site on North Papermill Road on Madison’s hilltop.

The facility, more commonly known as a battery farm, is being developed by Open Road Renewables/Williams Power, LLC as a way to store electricity generated by power plants during low consumption periods for use during peak periods or power shortages.