Balnacraig Energy Storage Project

LIVE MEETING
5th July 2022
3pm-7pm
Ardross Community Hall

ONLINE EVENT
12th July 2022
3pm-7pm

We are looking to engage with the local community and as part of our pre-application consultation we are holding a live event on the 5th of July 2022 3pm-7pm at the Ardross Community Hall and an online event at this website. These will enable people to find out more about the proposal and to provide us with their views.

Comments and feedback should be made by the 26th of July 2022. Please use the form below or write to Grieg Templeton, Planning Project Manager via email: gt@ili-energy.com or by post to ILI Group, 33 Bothwell Road, Hamilton ML3 OAS.

Comments made to ILI Group are not formal representations to The Highland Council. If we submit a planning application there will be an opportunity to make formal representations on the application to The Highland Council.
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Greig Templeton ILI
I am Greig Templeton, the Planning Project Manager at Intelligent Land Investments Group (ILI)
Greig Templeton ILI
We're having a few technical difficulties at the moment with the video function but hope to have this up and running shortly.
Greig Templeton ILI
In the meantime I would invite you to scroll down where you can find information about the project and I will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Greig Templeton ILI
Hello. Please scroll up to see introductions, and down to see details about the project.
Greig Templeton ILI
We are having a few technical issues with the video function but I am on hand to answer any questions you may have about the proposed development.
Greig Templeton ILI
Hello. Please scroll up to see introductions, and down to see details about the project.
Greig Templeton ILI
You can also email me questions at gt@ili-energy.com - please reference Fairways Energy Storage Project on the email.
Joel E
Hello, you mention there will be planting of native trees - can you elaborate on if/how the site will be screened from view for houses living up hill overlooking the site?
Joel E
How much noise will the construction and operational running of the site generate to nearby houses and commercial premises?
Greig Templeton ILI
Thank you. On planting, we are assessing views from the houses on the hill as part of the planning application. We think this will be largely screened by existing planting and our intention it to supplement this with additional planting where appropriate.
Greig Templeton ILI
The noise produced from these types of developments are very low. A detailed noise assessment will accompany the Planning Application. This will be assessed by The Highland Council Environmental Health, who have a lot of experience and a good understanding of noise issues. Other consents we have in the Highlands have had strict noise conditions to keep these within acceptable levels.
Greig Templeton ILI
If you are comfortable to do so, there is an option to 'Add Name' which lets us know who we are speaking to. Your name will then appear on the screen above your questions.
Greig Templeton ILI
If you prefer, you can fill out the on-line form below, or email me gt@ili-energy.com
Greig Templeton ILI
Hello. Please scroll up to see introductions, and down to see details about the project.
Joel E
Thanks for your responses Grieg, much appreciated. I live on the hill nearby above the proposed location and would mostly be concerned about my view being disrupted overlooking Inverness & the Kessock Bridge
Joel E
All going to plan - when would construction commence, and how long would it likely take to complete?
Greig Templeton ILI
Joel, We really are not anticipating a great impact from the proposals visually. You shouldn't really see much behind the existing trees, with only the occasional glimpse of the project. In terms of construction, we do not expect any works to start for at least 18 months and the project should be completed within around 9 months.
Greig Templeton ILI
Views from the hillside is something that we are taking seriously and we intend to assess this specific issue as part of our application.
Ali M
How many charge cycles are the batteries good for and is the shipping container design to allow for easy replacement when they are no longer working near an optimum level?
Ali M
Can the storage capacity be easily increased as battery technology improves?
Joel E
Thanks Greig, that eases some of the concerns I had over the visual impact, appreciate your response.
Greig Templeton ILI
Thanks Ali. We understand from Battery suppliers that the current generation of batteries can operate for around 10 years. The containers can be replaced, but actually individual units within the containers can also be replaced if they work below their optimum level. It is also hoped that as battery technology improves the storage capacity will also improve. Great questions.
Greig Templeton ILI
Thanks Joel.
Greig Templeton ILI
Hello. Please scroll up to see introductions, and down to see details about the project.
Ali M
Thanks for your reply, I think it's important that new facilities are not only built with current requirements in mind but include a level of future proofing to keep the development relevant going forward.
Greig Templeton ILI
Thank you. There is an immediate need for energy storage, and this is the best fast response technology available, but we are optimistic about future developments in this sector.
Greig Templeton ILI
We hope to have our technical issue with video streaming resolved shortly, but don't worry, all of the information is already on this website and I am available to answer questions until 7pm tonight.
Greig Templeton ILI
The video function is now working. Please press the 'crazylay' button.
Greig Templeton ILI
so, it turns out the letter p can sometimes appear as an emoji. Sorry about that.
Greig Templeton ILI
Hello. Please scroll up to see introductions, and down to see details about the project.
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