Renewable Connections, one of the UK’s leading solar and battery storage developers, is celebrating the planning approval of the 42MW Balbougie Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) near Inverkeithing, Fife.
The BESS, associated cable route and infrastructure were approved by Fife Council’s Planning Committee, on the 7th June 2023. The Council’s Planning officer recommended the scheme for approval, which was unanimously approved by Committee members.
John Leith, Development Director at Renewable Connections said: “Fife Council is leading by example on the path to net-zero. As well as declaring a Climate Emergency in 2019 the Council have been proactive in launching their own Climate Fife Action plan to support the area’s climate friendly and carbon neutral ambitions.
He added: “Projects like Balbougie Battery Energy Storage System are integral to helping achieve these aims. Battery storage has a key role to play in ensuring homes and businesses can be powered by renewable energy sources, even when the sun isn’t shining or when the wind isn’t blowing. The system will help balance supply and demand across the National Grid, with the ability to store and release power for tens of thousands of homes, as well as displacing a significant amount of CO2 from fossil fuel sources per year of operation.”
The project, which has a maximum import capacity of 42MW will be built on land at South Pargillis, Clockluine Road, Hillend, Dunfermline. It will connect into the Inverkeithing Grid Supply Point.
Construction of the site is anticipated to commence in 2024.