PLANS for a battery energy storage facility in the region have been submitted to Scottish Borders Council.

Eccles Grid Stability Ltd (EGSL) has submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (Pan) for a compound on land east of Eccles Electricity Substation in Coldstream.

Battery storage technologies are essential to speeding up the replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy.

Such systems are playing an increasingly pivotal role between green energy supplies and responding to electricity demands.

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The Berwickshire system will enable energy from renewables, like solar and wind, to be stored and then released when customers need power most.

A report submitted with the application from Morag Eaton, principal planner with Edinburgh-based SLR Consulting Limited, agents for the applicant, said: “The facility would have a capacity in excess of 20MW and up to 50MW.

“The Proposal of Application Notice and drawing will also be served on Leitham, Eccles and Birgham Community Council.”

Online consultation events regarding the application are to be held in November.