A planning application for a 49.9MW energy storage system, dubbed the Dunmill Energy Storage System, has been submitted to Angus Council by RES.
The facility, intended to be located about 5km west of Montrose near the Bridge of Dun substation, aims to enhance the stability and security of the electricity system. Like other energy storage systems, it is designed to store excess energy when generation surpasses demand and release it back into the network during periods when demand is higher than generation, contributing to a more balanced power supply.
Rebecca Meek, Head of Energy Storage UK&I at RES, noted, “Energy storage will be crucial in enabling the continued rollout of zero carbon energy needed to replace electricity generation from fossil fuels.”
Despite their myriad of benefits, many recent sustainable projects have faced local opposition – such as the 350MW solar power plant on the Kent coast, or a battery storage facility in Lincolnshire. That’s why RES says that efforts to minimise environmental impacts have been a priority, with comprehensive environmental studies conducted. It noted that the project design strived to integrate seamlessly into the local landscape, incorporating biodiversity enhancement initiatives such as the planting of native shrubs, hedgerows, and wildflower grass areas to support local wildlife.
Community engagement has been a key aspect of the project’s development, with public exhibitions held to inform residents about the project details, gather feedback, and address any concerns. This feedback, along with environmental studies and consultations, has influenced the project’s design process.
RES, with a longstanding presence in Scotland, emphasised its commitment to involving the local community and supply chain in its projects. The construction phase of the Dunmill Energy Storage System, pending planning approval, is anticipated to offer local employment and contractor opportunities and is expected to last around 12 months.