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Milton Farm Battery Storage Project

Introduction

Renewco Power has submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) for a 49.9 Megawatt (MW) battery storage project on land near Milton Farm, Beattock. This was validated on 2 November 2023 under application reference 23/2230/PAN.

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Screening Request was submitted to Dumfries & Galloway Council in April 2023 (application reference 23/0913/SCR). In July 2023, planning officers confirmed that an EIA would not be required to accompany a planning application. All technical and environmental surveys are now underway and will inform the design and final planning application. Renewco Power will be engaging with the local community and Community Councils in the next few months to seek feedback before a planning application is submitted. More information on dates and locations of all public events will be provided on our website nearer the time, but if you have any questions our details are at the bottom of this page.

Location

The proposed development site is in Dumfries & Galloway approximately 3km to the south of Moffat, at grid reference NT09513 01385, as shown bounded in red on the image.

Our Proposals

The proposal is for a 49.9MW battery storage project and associated infrastructure. More information will be available on the website once we have been through the full design process which is to take place over the next few months.

Indicative Development Timescale

Q1 2023

Site Selection

Q3 - Q4 2023

Preliminary Assessments Site Design and Public Engagement

Q1 2024

Planning Application

2025

Discharge of Planning Conditions

2026

Construction

2027

Operation

2067

Decommissioning

Why is this project needed?

As fossil fuel sources of electricity (such as coal-fired power stations) are decommissioned, new renewable sources of dispatchable power need to be constructed. These will not only replace existing dispatchable power but will also help to support the optimal use of renewable energy sources such as solar farms and wind turbines which provide power intermittently based on local weather conditions.

Battery storage provides a way to store excess energy generated from renewable energy sources for use at times of higher demand but lower solar irradiation and / or wind generation. Batteries are able to import and store electricity from the National Grid network and export electricity when needed.

This 49.9 MW battery storage project could have a storage capacity of up to 199.6 Megawatt Hours (MWh) per full charge depending on the technology used. At full power output, this facility would therefore be able to generate for four hours, contributing to security of supply for our power system over the peaks in demand throughout the day.

For comparison, the average UK household uses around 3.7MWh of energy across an entire year and around 10 kWh per day, with a maximum instantaneous usage of around 0.8kW. On this basis, a single full charge could provide sufficient energy to power around 20,000 homes for a day, or provide instantaneous power to over 62,000 homes. In reality this energy storage facility will be used to provide services and balancing capability to the wider National Grid network, and operate dynamically in the GB energy market.

Upcoming public engagement activities

Two public consultation events will be held in the next few months. 

Our first public consultation event is taking place on Tuesday 28th November 2023 and will be held in the Beattock Village Hall from 3:30pm to 7:30pm. A copy of the consultation boards being presented at this event can be accessed below.

We would like to invite local residents to use the comments sheets provided at the event to give us your feedback on our proposals, and to make suggestions. A copy of the feedback form can be accessed below.

Alternatively, please submit your feedback directly via email to MiltonFarmEnergyPark@renewcopower.com or give us a call on 0141 264 2831. Please ensure that your feedback has been sent to us before Tuesday 12th December 2023 for this to be considered in the development of the final design. All responses from this event will be carefully reviewed, and we welcome all feedback.

A follow-up consultation event is planned for January 2024 to illustrate how we have responded to feedback from residents received at the first event. Further details of this event will be shared nearer the time via letter drop, public notices, and on this website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Battery storage systems can import and store electricity from the National Grid and dispatch this stored electricity as needed to balance the network. This is particularly complementary to renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, which generate intermittent power based upon local weather conditions. Battery storage systems allow this energy to be stored for use in times of higher demand.

The construction period is expected to take approximately six months, and during this time there will be deliveries of equipment to the site. To manage the potential impacts, Renewco Power will put in place measures to control construction traffic and minimise disruption to local roads (for example, by restricting the hours that deliveries can be made and implementing wheel washing and other dust control measures). These measures will be detailed in a Construction Traffic Management Plan (CTMP) which will be included as part of any future planning application.

If consented, the Moffat battery storage project will be subject to a planning condition restricting the total length of the operational period to a maximum of 40 years. At the end of this period, the project will be required to be fully decommissioned, and the land reinstated to its pre-existing condition as agricultural land to the satisfaction of the Local Planning Authority. The details of these decommissioning activities will be secured via a Decommissioning Plan to be submitted for the Council’s approval before the end of the project’s lifespan.

Some of the equipment (such as the inverters) will generate a low hum when they are being used but this will not be constant. However, this noise is not expected to exceed background levels of noise at this location. To confirm this, a Noise Impact Assessment will be submitted with any future planning application. If any adverse impacts are identified, mitigation measures such as acoustic screens will be implemented within the scheme to ensure that there is no increase in noise above existing background noise levels. 

The battery storage system is designed to have a very low risk of failure. However, in the unlikely event that a failure should occur, monitoring equipment including fire detection and fire prevention systems will be installed within the containerised battery units to ensure that any fires remain under control. The site access will also be designed to ensure that fire appliances can safely access and egress the site. Renewco Power will continue to monitor industry best practice to ensure that the highest standards of safety are maintained for these units.

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