Renewable energy consultancy Natural Power has been enlisted by Green Switch Capital to provide Section 36 consenting support for a prospective 250MW battery energy storage system (BESS) scheme in the Scottish Highlands, near Lairg.
Natural Power's role encompasses a comprehensive suite of services in aid of the application, including site investigations, landscape assessments, visual impact evaluations, ecology considerations, and hydrology assessments.
In alignment with the principles outlined in NPF4, emphasizing community involvement, social benefit, and biodiversity enhancement, Natural Power will also assist Green Switch in engaging with local communities, stakeholders, and landowners.
Pete McLaren, Head of Scottish Development at Green Switch Capital, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, “We are delighted to be working with Natural Power on this exciting project. It's an important one for GSC, with a unique situation of being able to deliver significant battery storage capacity to both the distribution and transmission grid network. NP's breadth of in-house expertise and their record of delivering S.36 consents means they are an ideal partner to support.”
The proposed BESS development involves two key connections: one to Dalchork substation with a capacity of 200MW and the second to Lairg GSP with a capacity of 49.9MW. This project underscores the ongoing efforts to enhance energy storage capacity in the region and contributes to the broader goals of sustainable energy development.