Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Statkraft?
Statkraft is Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, with origins going back 125 years in Norwegian hydro power. In the UK we operate and majority own a hydro power plant and four wind farms, and are actively developing four wind farm projects. We are a leading provider of power purchase agreements and have been appointed by National Grid to help them achieve their ambitions to deliver a zero carbon grid by 2025. In 2020 we acquired an Electric Vehicle charging business and are growing our UK operations.
Our Scottish headquarters are in Glasgow, and we have 4000 employees across 16 countries.
Over the last 10 years, Statkraft has invested over £200 million in renewable energy infrastructure in Scotland. Over £1.6 million has been distributed to communities near their wind farms through local Community Benefit Funds in Scotland.
In August 2019, Statkraft completed an acquisition agreement with UK developer Airvolution, bringing the entire development team in-house to Statkraft.
Read more at www.statkraft.co.uk
What is the purpose of the development?
Statkraft’s Greener Grid Parks are facilities where various service can be provided to the national grid to enable higher utilisation of new renewable energy sources, which are vital to decarbonisation of our energy system, and reaching Net Zero.
Renewable technologies are intermittent, as the amount generated is dependent on weather conditions. It is therefore necessary to balance demand and supply in order to prevent shortages and blackouts.
Keeping the power network stable has become more challenging as wind, solar and interconnectors that link GB’s energy system with Europe do not provide inertia. That has meant that at times, windfarms are shut down and gas power stations run even when there is more than enough renewable energy to meet the UK’s electricity demand, to keep the system stable.
Why is the project being proposed here?
National Grid have identified Scotland as an area which requires more grid stabilsation due to the amount of renewables being generated. At Neilston, the close proximity to the substation avoids lengthy transmission cables, and ensures efficient connection to the National Grid whilst minimising disturbance and cost.
What will it look like?
Indicative designs of the proposed development are available to view in the project documents folder.
Part of the purpose of this consultation period is to provide an opportunity for members of the public to influence aspects of the final design including the colour and finish of fencing and materials. Please let us know your views.
How long will it be there for?
The need for this type of project is ongoing, therefore it is anticipated that we will apply for a permanent planning permission.
Does Statkraft have any other projects like this in Scotland?
Statkraft have recently been granted planning permission for the first development of this kind in Keith, Moray. Construction is expected to commence late 2020.
Statkraft also recently received planning permission to install a similar project in Liverpool.
If consented, will there be opportunities for local businesses to get involved in the project?
Yes. We have a 'Local Supplier' registration link on the website so please complete that if you are a local business and interested in the project, or would like to recommend one.
We are members of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and will work with them and other local groups to maximise opportunities for local suppliers.
How can I comment on the application?
We are still in the development phase, so at this point we are keen to hear local residents comments and questions.
You can do this by completing the Contact Us form, by phone on 0800 772 0668 or writing to us at "Freepost Statkraft" (no stamp required).
If a planning application is submitted there will be an opportunity to make a formal submission to the Renfrewshire Council with your views.
How can I stay updated?
We would love to keep you informed. You can register on this website to ensure you are kept up to date, or use the contact us form to let us know your postal address.