Law firm Harper Macleod working alongside English law firm Freeths has advised Centrica Business Solutions on the property, planning and grid aspects of its acquisition of the project rights for a fully-consented 30MW, 2hr battery storage project in Dyce, Aberdeenshire.
Located near a grid connection point for North Sea offshore wind farms this battery storage development is expected to provide a key contribution towards managing network constraints and balancing the grid.
Once built, the 30MW facility will store enough energy to power 70,000 homes for an hour, up to four hours per day, providing essential flexibility for the UK’s energy supply and, thereby, assisting in achieving the fundamental aims of improving domestic energy capabilities and alleviating the reliance on fossil fuels as Scotland targets net zero by 2045 and the UK by 2050.
The investment in this battery storage project forms part of Centrica Energy Assets’ plan to deliver 900MW of solar and battery energy storage assets by 2026.
Harper Macleod’s team comprised of Lewis Hendry (Property), Omar Ali (Grid), Peter Ferguson (Planning) and Winston Roberts (Planning) and Freeths’ team included Charlotte Hugo, Emily Settle and Fatima Hammad (Corporate).
“Improving the security, sustainability and affordability of the UK’s energy supply are key targets which are currently at the forefront of everyone’s minds and developments such as this battery storage project will significantly assist in achieving those aims. It has been a privilege to support Centrica and Freeths on this acquisition and a fantastic team effort by all involved.”
The work by Harper Macleod for Centrica follows the firm’s advice to Foresight Group in its acquisition of the project rights for a 49.9MW battery storage project in Nairn, supporting English law firm Osborne Clarke.
From 9th to 13th May, Harper Macleod will host its second annual Marine Economy Week, providing a platform for industry experts to come together to examine all aspects of Scotland’s diverse maritime sector.