RENEWABLE ENERGY

Buccleuch’s portfolio of potential energy projects include wind, solar, battery storage and pumped storage hydro developments. These projects are located across the Boughton, Queensberry and Borders Estates, and have a combined energy generating capacity in excess of 1.2 gigawatts.

In addition, we are focused on integrating sustainable energy generation for our own direct use across the rural estates. Recent installations include:

Solar panels supply energy for the Borders Estate offices and free-range egg enterprise, while heat comes from the biomass boiler
A combined heat and power plant is used at Boughton Estate
The anaerobic digester (AD) plant at Borders Estate uses farm waste to produce power for drying woodchip for the biomass boiler and energy for the agricultural operations and the ground source heat pump (GSHP) at Bowhill House
Drumlanrig Castle is heated using a biomass boiler and also has a micro-hydro scheme to produce electricity
An array of solar panels at Dabton House supplies the energy required for the guest
accommodation.

Oakley Bush solar and battery energy storage scheme

The Buccleuch Group is working towards submitting a planning application for a new solar and battery energy storage system (BESS) project near Geddington. The new project, known as Oakley Bush solar and BESS scheme, situated off Newton Road, forms part of Buccleuch Group’s wider land use strategy for the Boughton Estate, and will be capable of generating up to 55GWhrs per year of energy, once operational, enough electricity to supply up to 20,000 homes.

Salters Battery Energy Storage Scheme

The Buccleuch Group is working towards submitting a planning application for a battery storage scheme near Dalkeith, Midlothian. The new project, known as Salters BESS, would see the creation of the energy site - capable of generating up to 200MW of grid storage potential – on land close to Salters Road. Once operational, Salters BESS has the potential to generate 73GWhrs of electricity to the National Grid, enough energy for 27,000 homes.