September 12 (Renewables Now) - UK-based renewables developer Renewable Energy Systems (RES) today announced the official opening of Scotland's first utility-scale battery facility, the 20-MW Broxburn Energy Storage project in West Lothian.
The battery was built and will be managed by RES. It is owned by the Renewables Infrastructure Group Ltd (LON:TRIG), marking the company's first investment in battery storage.
The facility provides enhanced frequency response services to National Grid, contributing to GBP 200 million (USD 260m/EUR 224m) in savings that this kind of projects are expected to deliver to National Grid.
RES' managing director Rachel Ruffle said that energy storage supports increased penetration of renewables and can avoid expensive grid upgrades, providing cost benefits to consumers. "We believe that this project will play an important role in demonstrating this and will encourage policy makers and regulators to accelerate the removal of barriers to wider deployment of energy storage in the UK," Ruffle added.
The project was opened by Scotland's Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation Ivan McKee.
(GBP 1 = USD 1.301/EUR 1.122)