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OnPath plans battery storage park in West Lothian

Michael Newton: milestone

A £130 million battery storage park that could power more than half a million homes is being planned for West Lothian.

Lanarkshire-based OnPath Energy (formerly Banks Renewables), has submitted an application to build the plant on a three hectare site.

It would meet the peak electricity demands of around 240,000 homes for two hours – or the
average demands of around 600,000 households for the same period.

The 200-megawatt facility is earmarked for the Pond Industrial Estate, south-east of Bathgate.

Michael Newton, sustainable development co-ordinator at OnPath Energy said: “This marks an incredibly exciting milestone for our efforts to bolster Scotland’s renewable energy landscape.

“Battery storage solutions are going to play an ever more critical role in providing green
reserve energy when variable sources dip – letting us tap into pre-generated reserves rather
than relying on imported energy or fossil fuels.

“Now that these plans are on the table and moving ahead with full momentum, I strongly
believe Pond Flexible Energy Park has the potential to become a best-in-class asset for
supporting net zero targets across the region.”

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