Concern grows over lithium-ion battery facility possibly coming to Holtsville

The storage plant would be at the corner of Express Drive South and Morris Avenue.

Caroline Flynn

Oct 26, 2023, 9:51 AM

Updated 181 days ago

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A community meeting was scheduled for Wednesday evening regarding the Holtsville Energy Storage project, a facility to store lithium batteries at Express Drive South and Morris Avenue.
The project has already gone through several planning and development stages with the Town of Brookhaven and received the approval of the New York State Public Service Commission.
The Holtsville Fire Department says if it receives plans for the project, it will do on-site training to be as prepared as possible.
One thing community members on both sides say they agree on is that more discussions should take place before ground is broken.
Ray D’Angelo, a retired FDNY firefighter, lives near the proposed facility and is concerned about the resources needed if a fire breaks out.
“It’s a tremendous amount of water needed,” D’Angelo says. “That’s the main firefighting challenge, is to have the ammunition, if you will, to extinguish this.”
The towns of Islip, Brookhaven, Huntington, Southampton and Riverhead already have legislation about battery energy storage systems, including safety measures.
The company behind the project, Savion, says it will hold a public information meeting before the end of the year.
The lithium battery storage site would be located within 1 mile of three Sachem schools, next to the Long Island Expressway and Island 16 movie theater.


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