In October 2021 the UK Governments ‘Net Zero Strategy’ was launched and commits the UK to be powered entirely by clean electricity by 2035, subject to security of supply.
Spiraling energy costs and ever increasing demand illustrates the clear requirement to produce and control our own energy needs and reduce, if not eliminate the reliance on imported energy. Scotland, and the UK as a whole, has the ability to produce our own energy, manage the production and use, in order to maximise our valuable assets.
In order to meet this target, a key component is the deployment of new flexibility measures including energy storage to help smooth out power supply and future price spikes.    
As we strive to meet critical targets to achieve a carbon neutral economy, as we experience the ever increasing effects of climate change the need to be able to balance and control flows of power is crucial. It is critical to act now and to develop facilities where grid infrastructure and capacity allow.    
The development will as a minimum store and supply 657,000,000 kWh of electricity per year as an enabling technology for renewable generation. In renewable generation terms this equates to 185,977 CO2 metric tonnes saved annually and the availability to provide electricity to over 187,714 homes every year 
The BESS development, will consist of 354 battery storage units, 236 invertors, 118 transformers, and a substation. Internal roadway and set down areas have been designated to aid the ease of installation and maintenance. Planting of native species to encourage an increase in the biodiversity of the site and also to screen further the development from view will encourage habitats in the immediate vicinity adding to and enhancing the green environment.
The container units housing the battery storage arrays are secure and designed to protect the contents from the elements. Each of the battery storage containers are fitted with a fire resistant insolation as well as fans acting as automatic cooling systems.
The site would be unmanned during operation and would be operated remotely with only rare maintenance visits. Given the compound is unmanned there is no requirement for permanent lighting; the only lighting would be IR invisible for night vision for the security cameras.
There is an increasingly urgent requirement to assist the National Grid with balancing issues throughout the electricity transmission network brought about by various sources such as fluctuating power generation as well as surges and dips in consumption. Smooth grid operation relies on the provision of rapid reactive power services either by generation or dedicated facilities to enable frequency stabilisation. Battery technology provides sub-second response times, so offer a reliable solution to a number of the Grid’s balancing issues.  
Where necessary further screening and habitat improvements will be introduced to ensure that biodiversity and green networks in the area are not impacted.