The Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, Michael Matheson MSP visited AMP Energy's battery storage facility at Hunterston on Wednesday to discuss a £900 million investment which will see the development of Europe’s largest green battery storage complex built here in North Ayrshire and two other Scottish locations.
Amp Energy, a well-established global energy transition development company, launched the first phase of the planned 1.2GW complex which is due to be operational in 2024 and will provide reliable grid stability services and power management across central Scotland, including Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The Cabinet Secretary met with Amp Energy’s VP of Global Markets, Ben Skinner, to hear more about the multi-million pound Scottish Green Battery Complex.
Hunterston has been selected as the site for phase one of the build, with subsequent sites planned in Kincardine, Fife and Windyhill, outside Glasgow. Each site will have the capacity to power around 800,000 homes in Scotland, for up to two hours, when required.
Local MSP, Kenneth Gibson commented:
“The visit from the Cabinet Secretary - and his interest in the £900m project - has helped to further demonstrate and solidify North Ayrshire’s leading role in the renewable energy sector.
“The SNP Government’s recently published draft Energy Strategy and Just Transition Plan consultation, emphasises the need to grow Scotland’s utility battery storage capacity as it is vital that we address the challenge of maintaining system resilience in periods of low renewable output.
“It will also benefit consumers in reducing energy bills by helping to mitigate the need to pay constraint payments to renewable energy generators and store the valuable renewable energy for later use instead.
“I am therefore delighted that Amp’s investment in its Scottish Green Battery Complex here in Cunninghame North will soon contribute to this objective by enabling the storage of renewable electricity at grid scale for use when required.”