Kilmarnock Energy Centre

About Kilmarnock Energy Centre

BESS is progressing the development of a world leading battery storage project located within East Ayrshire, on an agricultural field situated approximately 250 metres (m) to the north of the existing Kilmarnock South Substation. The site comprises a parcel of land at Braehead Farm, on the left bank of the Cessnock Water. The Site boundary totals 15 hectares (ha), with a total development build area of circa 5 ha.

The Kilmarnock Energy Centre project will consist of a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) with a rated electrical output of up to 1000MWh (up to 500MW).

A submission has been made to the Energy Consents Unit under the Electricity Act 1989 s36 application in Scotland. The circa £300m project will provide power to over 450,000 homes once fully complete.

Community Benefits

Kilmarnock Energy Centre will bring significant local community benefits, including:

  • Facilitating skilled, direct, and indirect construction jobs, and long-term jobs to manage, maintain, and operate the facility. ​

  • A variety of local supplier and service businesses will be used to support the project throughout construction and operations.

  • Lowers consumer energy bills via economies of scale cost efficient ​balancing of green power.

A link to the Kilmarnock Energy Centre planning submission documents on the Energy Consents Planning portal can be found at this location:

Scottish Government - Energy Consents Unit - Application Details