RES 49.9MW Scottish storage project approved

June 29, 2023

Renewable energy company RES has received planning consent from South Ayrshire Council to build a 49.9MW energy storage project in south west Scotland.

Holmston Farm Energy Storage System is situated on land currently used as a commercial Christmas tree farm, north-east of Holmston roundabout, Ayr. 

“A detailed landscaping plan will provide a plentiful source of food and shelter for a range of wildlife,” a statement said. “Measures such as the planting of new native woodland, species-rich grassland and the creation of a pond will provide significant biodiversity enhancement, and a biodiversity net gain of 15 per cent. Further habitat enhancement opportunities, in the form of bat and bird boxes, insect ‘hotels’ and other measures are also proposed.”

Rebecca Meek, RES’ Head of Energy Storage in the UK&I, said: “We are very pleased that South Ayrshire Council has consented this carefully designed project which has been sited directly adjacent to the existing infrastructure of the Ayr substation, where the project will connect. This decision allows Holmston Farm Energy Storage System to play its part in supporting the jobs and economic growth created by our energy transition, while ensuring the safe and reliable operation of the grid network.”