COUNCIL bosses say they’re confident that safety concerns around battery energy storage sites planned for East Ayrshire can be adequately addressed.
A cluster of applications has been submitted for the sites between Coylton and Ochiltree, while four more are proposed for Kilmarnock.
And while the facilities, known as BESS for short, won’t pose the same visual impact as the dozens of wind farms erected in the area over the last decade or so, the latest trend in the renewables sector does pose questions around safety. While the technology is relatively new, East Ayrshire Council’s planning department say that BESS facilities would be covered by health and safety legislation and that the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service would be consulted on any application.

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