Greener Grid Park near Coylton

We have created this website to provide information about our proposal and to enable people to contact us with questions and comments.

This website will be kept updated over the development period to keep you informed and to hear your views and ideas.

Statkraft submitted a bid to provide stability services for National Grid Electricity System Operator (NGESO). Our Greener Grid Park proposal at Coylton in East Ayrshire was successful in the bidding process. This planning application was submitted in October 2021. When we submitted the first application NGESO had not confirmed their exact requirements for the project. Now they are confirmed their requirements we are planning to submit a new application. This new application accurately represents the final project.

View our original planning application here.

Find out more about our development team and Statkraft in the UK.

For more detail about Coylton Greener Grid Park click here to view our Frequently Asked Questions.


Find out more about how our Greener Grid Parks work to help the UK reach net zero.

We have created this website to provide information about our proposal and to enable people to contact us with questions and comments.

This website will be kept updated over the development period to keep you informed and to hear your views and ideas.

Statkraft submitted a bid to provide stability services for National Grid Electricity System Operator (NGESO). Our Greener Grid Park proposal at Coylton in East Ayrshire was successful in the bidding process. This planning application was submitted in October 2021. When we submitted the first application NGESO had not confirmed their exact requirements for the project. Now they are confirmed their requirements we are planning to submit a new application. This new application accurately represents the final project.

View our original planning application here.

Find out more about our development team and Statkraft in the UK.

For more detail about Coylton Greener Grid Park click here to view our Frequently Asked Questions.


Find out more about how our Greener Grid Parks work to help the UK reach net zero.

  • Public Consultation- Thankyou for your feedback

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    We would like to thank all residents and interested groups who took the time to visit our public exhibition and online consultation regarding our plans for Coylton Greener Grid Park.

    The online event ran from Monday 23 May until Monday 30 May 2022 and we held an in person event on the 26 of May at Ochiltree Community Hub. Both the in person and online event provided opportunities to interact with the project team, review visualisations, predicted viewpoints and information about the project layout. Attendees were also encouraged to provide feedback.

    The online exhibition material can be viewed here.

    Residents and businesses local to the project were sent the invitation to take part and we are grateful for every response.

    We will be writing to all those who provided comments and those that requested to receive project updates over the coming weeks. Please note that anyone who returned one of our freepost reply cards and didn’t tick the ‘keep me updated’ box means we are unable to respond directly due to GDPR legislation.

    We will look to hold a further exhibition in June 2022 ahead of submitting a Major Planning application to East Ayrshire Council later in the Summer. When the application is submitted the community will have a formal opportunity to comment on the plans as part of the statutory consultation process.


  • Consultation launched for proposed Coylton Greener Grid Park

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    We are pleased to announce the online consultation for our proposed Greener Grid Park at Coylton has commenced, and look forward to meeting local residents at our public exhibition in Ochiltree on Thursday 26 May.

    To promote the consultation, an invitation was sent to 100 of the closest residences, and advertisement placed in the local newspaper. Posters were circulated to local businesses and community groups to display on notice boards.

    Our events will enable residents and other interested parties to provide feedback in person, via the website, by telephone or in writing.

    Tom Walker, Project Manager for the Coylton project, said: "We appreciate that not everyone will be able or willing to attend face-to-face events, so we are pleased to also offer an opportunity for residents to find out more and ask us questions online.”

    It is expected that a second event will be held in June 2021, before the plans are finalised. This website will be kept updated with news as development progresses.

    You can visit the online consultation between 23-30 May 2022 via the link at the top of this website.

  • Statkraft awarded National Grid ESO tender and submits new planning application

    Statkraft is delighted to announce that we have once again achieved success in our bids to provide stability services for National Grid Electricity System Operator (NGESO). Our Greener Grid Park proposals at Coylton in East Ayrshire was successful in the bidding process which is a significant milestone for the project.. In order to provide the stability services required, changes need to be made to the project which will be reflected a new planning application.

    Statkraft started this process by submitting a Pre Application Notice (PAN) on the 05 April 2022 which is the first step in the planning process. Thiswill be followed by a public consultation process including public exhibitions on the 26th of May and 16th June2022.

    A Greener Grid Park will help increase the amount of renewable energy which can be delivered onto the grid network. We have found at times that although renewable technologies can meet the energy demand on the grid, NGESO is having to turn the renewable supply off and switch on fossil fuel power plants to stabilise the network, which is costing the environment and the consumer. The zero-carbon stability-improving devices in the Greener Grid Parks will enable more green electricity to run, are cheaper for consumers, and will allow the market to deliver as much renewable energy generation as possible.

    Should we be successful Statkraft will utilise our world class expertise in grid stabilising technology to construct our Greener Grid Park at Coylton. The technology used in our Greener Grid Parks will help to future-proof Scotland’s wind generation success story, help NGESO continue to operate the fastest decarbonising electricity network in the world and help them to be to achieve the goal ofa zero-carbon grid network by 2025.

    Tom Walker the Project Manager for Coylton Greener Grid Park said: “We are committed to investing in East Ayrshire,and to help Scotland deliver its ambitious targets on its Net Zero journey. NGESO have identified a critical need for the stability services in the area. This project is perfectly placed to deliver these services, carbon free.”


  • Statkraft releases latest annual Low Emissions Scenario report

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    For the sixth consecutive year, Statkraft have released its Low Emissions Scenario - an analysis of the energy world towards 2050.

    The Scenario covers the energy transition necessary to move towards a low emissions world.

    It finds that renewable energy and electrification are the main solutions to decarbonisation, with green hydrogen playing a key role in industry and heavy transport.

    Currently, the Earth’s temperature is 1.1 degrees warmer than it was during pre-industrial times, and we are already seeing the effects of climate change in the form of extreme heat, wildfires, and violent floods. The UN Climate Panel’s sixth report, released in August 2021, made us even more acutely aware of how a temperature increase of two, three and four degrees will have dramatic consequences for our planet. Two degrees is simply too much - we need to limit global warming to a level as far down towards 1.5 degrees as possible.

    As we face the challenge ahead, it is also important to look back and celebrate achievements:

    • Global sales of battery electric cars increased by 40%, even though total car sales fell in 2020.
    • 2020 had a record-high buildout of solar and wind power.
    • Green investments increased in 2020 despite the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. Investment in renewable power was (7%) higher in 2020 than in 2019.

    We must work together to make strides to meet our climate targets which include making solar power the world’s largest power source as early as 2035, ensuring green hydrogen plays a key role in industry and heavy transport sector and using renewable energy and electrification as a main solution for decarbonisation.

    Read the full report on the Statkraft website.

  • Announcing our proposal for a Greener Grid Park near Coylton, East Ayrshire

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    Today Statkraft, Europe's largest generator of renewable energy, have notified local residents and community leaders of a new proposal in the area to improve the energy network. The Greener Grid Park located next to Coylton Substation, East Ayrshire will help play a part to decarbonize the energy sector by encouraging the growth of renewable technologies.

    Our grid must be adapted to the rapid progress that renewable energy has made in the UK, much of which has been seen in Scotland and Ayrshire specifically. Sometimes it has been necessary to shut down renewable projects, such as wind farms, and operate gas power plants to keep the grid stable. Projects such as our Greener Grid Parks will make this a thing of the past, using synchronous compensators and batteries to do the job without emitting greenhouse gases.

    This Greener Grid Park uses a combination of technologies (synchronous compensators and battery energy storage systems- BESS) designed to help stabilise the National Grid, reducing the potential for faults whilst allowing renewable energy to become a secure way to supply power to the UK.

    As well as supporting the transition to renewable energy and balancing the network, the development will also deliver the following benefits:

    1. A reduction in carbon emissions: the project will support the grid by providing a clean, green alternative to the fossil powered plants which are currently stabilizing the network;

    2. A cost saving to consumers: The first phase of National Grid’s Stability Pathfinder projects (which Statkraft’s Keith and Lister Drive projects were part of) is set to save consumers up to £128million. The next set of National Grid pathfinder projects, which we hope Coylton will be part of, are also expected to save consumers money.

    3. Contribution to national climate targets: This project will directly contribute to the UK’s Net Zero target by 2050 and National Grid’s zero carbon operation target by 2025. Additionally, East Ayrshire Council has committed to delivering on its part of Scotland’s 2045 Net Zero carbon target by investing in clean energy and technology through the Ayrshire Growth deal and its Community Renewable Energy (CoRE) project. The Coylton Greener Grid Park will contribute to making East Ayrshire greener by helping decarbonise the network and allowing the supply of renewables in the UK to be utilised as much as possible.

    4. Biodiversity net gain: Protecting and enhancing the environment is a priority for Statkraft and we commit to ensuring each Greener Grid Park provides a net biodiversity gain.

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    If the project is consented, we intend to work with trade bodies and other business groups to maximise opportunities for local suppliers during construction.

    Lucy Kent, Project Manager says: “We are pleased that new technology in the energy sector can help optimise renewables more efficiently. This project is important both locally and nationally; by stabilising the network, helping to protect the environment whilst also reducing costs to consumers. We urge local residents and businesses to read the planning application and provide comments.”

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