The Scottish government has given the go ahead for the construction and operation of a pumped storage hydro (PSH) electricity generation station in Dumfries and Galloway.
The project in Glenmuckloch, near Kirkconnel, is set to see the creation of around 327 jobs during its construction and 15 permanent jobs to operate the station.
Pumped storage hydro electricity stations have the capacity to store large volumes of energy, providing important flexibility in electricity supply when there is a greater proportion of electricity from renewable energy technologies.
The station is being developed by Glenmuckloch Pumped Storage Hydro Ltd – a joint venture between Buccleuch Estates and 2020 Renewables.
Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Keith Brown said: “Renewable energy sources generated more than 56% of gross electricity consumption in Scotland in 2015, helping support our world-leading ambitions to become a low-carbon economy.
“The Scottish Government believes there is a huge opportunity around pumped storage hydro. This tried and tested technology can support peak demand and effectively store greater levels of electricity at times when renewable energy output is high but demand is low.”
“With an installed capacity of up to 400 MW, and supporting 327 temporary and up to 15 permanent jobs, the Glenmuckloch station will help support the local economy in Dumfries and Galloway and support the growth of renewables in Scotland’s energy mix.”
Hannah Smith, Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said it was “vital” that the UK government recognised the potential of the technology. She commented: “The Glenmuckloch development is a perfect example of how green energy projects can make use of the infrastructure of the past and rejuvenate the local economy.”
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