24 Apr 2024

Fred. Olsen Renewables Unveils Plans for First Hybrid Project in Scotland

24 Apr 2024  by solarpowerporta   

The project will combine solar, onshore wind and battery storage. Image: Fred. Olsen Renewables.

Oslo-headquartered renewable developer Fred. Olsen Renewables has unveiled plans to develop a hybrid onshore wind, solar, and battery energy storage project in Scotland.

The project, capable of generating 100MW of green energy, will be located in the Scottish Borders and see the implementation of a £7 million community benefit fund.

Fred. Olsen submitted plans for the Lees Hill Renewable Energy Park to the Scottish government with the project having already been subject to public consultation since 2022. The submitted proposals comprise six turbines up to 200m to tip, a 60MW solar installation, and 60MW battery energy storage.

The development will also facilitate a community benefit fund worth over £200,000 per year to the local communities closest to the site, totalling over £7 million over the project’s 35-year lifespan.

Emily Galloway, senior project manager at Fred. Olsen Renewables, said: “We are proud to submit proposals for our first hybrid scheme in Scotland. Lees Hill Renewable Energy Park helps to demonstrate the opportunities to bring forward renewable energy developments, collocating technologies, maximising grid connection and ensuring efficiency across the site.”

Renewco unveils 39MW BESS project in Scotland

Earlier today (23 April), Renewco Power and development partner Locogen announced that planning permission has been granted for a new solar and battery storage project in Fife, Scotland.

The £50 million project, dubbed Glenniston Solar Farm, was greenlit after a detailed consultation period with the local community and experts across various councils. The solar and co-located battery storage site will have a generating capacity of 39MW.

Renewco said the site could power around 18,000 homes, which equates to roughly 22,590 tonnes of carbon emission savings a year. It also said the project will incorporate biodiversity enhancements, offer a local annual community benefit fund of about £23,400 and contribute business rates to the wider Fife community.

Solar Power Portal’s publisher Solar Media will host the UK Solar Summit on 4-5 June 2024 in London. The event will explore UK’s new landscape for utility and rooftop solar, looking at the opportunities within a GW+ annual market, and much more. For more information, go to the website.


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