British Solar Renewables launches buying-spree for solar energy storage sites in Scotland

A solar energy storage facility
A solar energy storage facility

One of the UK’s major solar power companies has hired a firm of Scottish surveyors to identify and procure news sites for prospective renewable energy projects through Scotland.

DM Hall has been appointed by BSR Energy Limited – a sister company to British Solar Renewables – to acquire acreage on which to expand its network of battery storage sites.

BSRE plans to increase the resiliency of the energy contributed by renewable energy – such as that from solar and wind power – to the National Grid, by building a series of battery storage sites which will build latency into the system for periods of intermittent generation.

Sites will be priced based upon the available capacity at the closest substation, and will be paid on a per megawatt basis.

Greenfield, brownfield, underutilised warehousing and outbuildings in locations which are close to power lines and substations and have the necessary spare grid capacity to make the system viable are the key criteria for BSR.

David Peill, BSR Commercial Director, said: “This is a relatively new technology but its growth potential is huge. We wanted to retain the services of Scottish commercial property experts who can drive that growth and given their network of offices throughout the country and knowledge within the sector DM Hall were the first choice.”

Kevin Jackson, Senior Associate in DM Hall’s North Commercial Agency Team based in Aberdeen, said: “Grid capacity is key here and we are therefore particularly interested to speak to land owners who may have previously acquired grid capacity but cannot utilise it due to the reduction in government support for renewable energy developments.

“The site area required for these projects is relatively small making them an ideal way of generating income from underused corners of yards or fields. The batteries are essentially stored within large shipping containers meaning that either external areas or excess space within existing commercial buildings may be suitable.”

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