The UK’s largest onshore wind farm are to install a giant battery which has been hailed as “significant step forward” for greener electricity.
ScottishPower has the go ahead to build a giant purpose built battery as their Whitelee wind farm near Glasgow.
The battery will be able to store energy generated from 215 wind turbines and will maintain electricity even when there is no wind.
The wind farm as its peak can generate 539 megawatts that is capable of powering around 300,000 homes in Glasgow.
Keith Anderson, ScottishPower chief executive said, “This is a significant step forward on the road to baseload for renewable energy.
“We know that renewable energy generation needs to quadruple and we know that onshore wind is the cheapest form of green energy.
“By integrating storage technologies with onshore wind, we are blowing away one of the myths about renewable generation not being available when you need it.”
He added, “Natural resources like wind and solar are variable in their very nature, and by using a battery we can ensure we optimise our ability to use the resource most effectively.
“This is another step forward by ScottishPower in investing clean, green and flexible generation to fully displace historic fossil fuel generation.”