A CONSULTATION exercise on plans which would see a storage facility capable of powering 60,000 homes in Ballingry has been launched.

Two information events have already taken place, with another two sessions planned by AAH Planning Consultants for Thursday, September 28, at Benarty Centre, from 11am to 2pm, and 4pm to 7pm.

In a consultation document, they say the proposed battery storage site on 12.6 hectares of land at Kirklands Farm would offer a "valuable opportunity" to provide renewable electricity for the electricity grid in Scotland.

It states: "Our proposal is for the development of a 200MW battery storage facility capable of storing and releasing enough energy to power approximately 60,000 homes and save approximately 86,000 tonnes of carbon annually.

"The proposal would comprise a number of containerised units to house battery energy storage systems and associated ancillary infrastructure. Each container will have the appearance of a standard metal ISO/shipping container and soundproofing measures will be implemented."

Those behind the application said they would be consulting with a range of stakeholders to support the planning application and expected to be carrying out assessments including ecology, noise, transport, flood risk and landscape.

They added: "Battery storage can enhance power system flexibility and enable high levels of renewable energy integration. Fire and safety measures and noise mitigation will of course also be designed in.

"Battery storage sites are temporary developments typically installed no longer than 40 years. The proposal will work with existing features in the landscape, seeking to retain and, where possible, enhance existing boundaries and opportunities for wildlife.

"Upon completion of the battery storage facility limited site visits will be required for maintenance."

For get involved in the consultation, visit https://aahplanningconsultations.co.uk/battery-westfield.