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ALYTH BATTERY    
ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM
SITE INFORMATION FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS
Notice is hereby given that EcoDev (Alyth) Ltd, The Factory, Whitchurch, Ross-On-Wye, Herefordshire, United Kingdom, HR9 6DF. Company number 13774236, has applied to the Scottish Ministers for consent under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 to construct and operate a Battery Storage Systems (450MW) at Haughend Farm, by Meigle, Perthshire, PH12 8RJ; in the planning authority area of Perth & Kinross Council (‘the proposed development’) and also asks that Scottish Ministers give a direction under section 57(2) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 that planning permission for the development be deemed to be granted.   
 
Climate change is generally considered to be the greatest existential threat to the environment, our way of living and humanity in general. Addressing this huge challenge requires a sea change in how we live our lives in the future and the decisions we make.      
      
In order to address this challenge, the UK Govt have set a target to decarbonise the power grid and ensure all cars are zero emissions capable by 2035 thus moving away from fossil fuels and replacing this capacity with renewable energy.      
      
In addition to this, recent months have brought into stark focus the need for the UK to improve its energy security to ensure continuity of supply, reduce costs to the consumer and avoid future price spikes causes by geo-political events. In response to this additional challenge the UK government has published The British Energy Security Strategy which commits to developing a low-cost net zero consistent electricity system, supported by large scale long duration electricity storage.      
      
This transition from fossil fuel is predicted to result in an increase in electricity demand by 40%-60% all of which must be met from renewable energy sources.      
     
The development area, to the west of the farm buildings and directly south of the SSEN 275/400kV Substation is ideally located to ensure the least impact to local environs including habitats and offering essential support to national infrastructures. The upgraded road and access infrastructure is already in place due to the SSEN substation upgrade and therefore will have no impact to road users or local residents.         
Haughend farm and the surrounding area lies within Perth & Kinross local authority and is situated approximately 27.7km North East of the city of Perth. Blairgowrie and Rattray lies in the region of 11km to the east and the smaller settlement of Coupar Angus, 9km south west of the development.         
       
 
The proposal is composed of a single field of approximately 31.5 acres placed strategically adjacent to the SSEN substation. The siting will reduce any level of impact that the development may have had if sited away from the substation as the limited views will be restricted by the current built environment and will not introduce a new form within the confined area. The field which has farm buildings to the east separating the development from the farmhouse will also have an area of set back from the farm buildings in order to ensure the full use of the farmhouse and buildings. All components and infrastructure will be contained within the single field boundary. 
The land is currently used for grazing and agricultural purposes and forms a small proportion of the land in the farming enterprise.
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
        
Whilst developments of this scale may seem initially intimidating they are, when properly sited, planned and screened, an essential component to obtaining net zero. By achieving net zero we can begin to fight Climate Change. Even if every home in Scotland, had solar panels installed and switched to electric cars, it still would not be enough to achieve the targets set by Scotland to reach net zero by 2045. We cannot achieve these targets and make these changes by thinking about residential changes alone, it needs an accumulation of small, medium and large scale developments of renewable energy, a mix of technologies and a determined attitude to make it work. This development is situated where essential infrastructure can support the development and the development can support the grid network.