Lees Hill Renewable Energy Park

Fred. Olsen Renewables submits plans for Scottish Borders energy park  

Fred. Olsen Renewables has submitted proposals to the Scottish Government for permission to develop its first hybrid project in Scotland. Lees Hill Renewable Energy Park, located outside of Duns the Scottish Borders, will bring forward a combination of onshore wind, solar power and battery storage – generating around 100MW of clean power and providing over £7m in community benefit funding.

The plans for Lees Hill Renewable Energy Park have been subject to public consultation since 2022 and have been altered in response to feedback, resulting in the number of turbines being reduced, alongside the area for solar. The submitted proposals now consist of six turbines up to 200m to tip, a 60MW solar installation and 60MW of battery storage.

The development will also facilitate a community benefit fund worth over £200,000 per year to the local communities closest to the site, totalling over £7m over the projects 35-year lifespan.

Emily Galloway, Senior Project Manager at Fred. Olsen Renewables, commented:

“We are proud to submit proposals for our first hybrid scheme in Scotland. Lees Hill Renewable Energy Park helps to demonstrate the opportunities to bring forward renewable energy developments, collocating technologies, maximising grid connection and ensuring efficiency across the site. 

“I would like to thank everyone for their valuable contributions during our consultation process. The comments and feedback that we received helped to shape the final design. We look forward to working closely with all stakeholders throughout the determination process.”

Local residents are invited to attend a series of drop in sessions, where they can review the application documents and ask further questions.  These are scheduled to take place:

Tuesday 30 April

1.30pm – 3.30pm – Duns Golf Club, Hardens Road, Duns, TD11 3NR

4pm – 7pm – Gavinton Village Hall, South Street, Gavinton, TD11 3QR

Wednesday 1 May

4pm – 7pm – Southfield Community Centre, Station Road, TD11 3EL

The full application can be viewed on the project website, www.leeshillenergypark.co.uk.

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For further information please contact Kirsty Leiper kirsty.leiper@fredolsen.com or 07435 763 900.