Springbank Energy Storage Park

Taynuilt, Argyll and Bute

50 MW / 100 MWh

Installed solar capacity (megawatts)

>10%

Biodiversity net gain

150,000

Homes powered for a two-hour period (equivalent)

2.3

Hectares of land

The Project

Helping to resolve the UK’s energy crisis and accelerating the transition to Net Zero through a new renewable energy development east of Taynuilt.

Downing is developing a new 50 MW battery storage project near Taynuilt, Argyll and Bute.

Springbank Energy Storage Park will store enough renewable energy to power up to 150,000 homes for a two-hour period. The project will make a direct contribution to the UK’s Net Zero goals. Transitioning to a renewable energy generation system should mean cheaper energy bills for the U.K. consumer.

Latest updates

  • Community Engagement Exhibition 1 – 6th March 2024 – Taynuilt Village Hall – 3pm – 7pm
  • Community Engagement Exhibition 2 – 3rd April 2024 – Taynuilt Village Hall – 3pm – 7pm

Site layout

Our initial site plans are outlined below. A campaign of further ecological, environmental and heritage surveys will help shape the initial design.

50MW/100MWh
Operational life spans 40 years, after which the site infrastructure will be removed.

Project timeline

Creating a sustainable future

We have a long-term vision for Springbank Energy Storage Park which helps to address the UK’s energy crisis, provides a substantial biodiversity net gain, and supports farmers, local agriculture, and the local community.

Forming a strong relationship with the community that we serve is important to us and we are continually exploring ways we can better support local initiatives. We value your feedback and try to reflect it in the way the project is designed, like the inclusion of permissive pathways and the retention and creation of wildlife habitats. If you do have any thoughts on how we can improve our proposals, please do get in touch here.

Our commitment

We carefully evaluate the impact our developments will have on local habitats, plants, and animals to develop a long-term pan that can deliver at least 10% more biodiversity than before the site is installed.

For Springbank we are planting a woodland and a meadow around the site which will allow the growth of wildflowers and natural habitats for different ecosystems to use.

By planting native hedges, species rich grassland and wildflowers will provide bees, butterflies, and other pollinators with food sources. Also, there is an option to include bee hotels within the site boundary to further support these ecosystems.

Community engagement is the most important aspect of our projects. By communicating and working with local communities throughout the whole development process.

Community benefits

Downing is committed to making a positive contribution in your local community.

One-off community payment

A further £1,000/MW one-off payment when construction starts to be used to support local community projects.