Scotland’s Largest Solar Farm Given Green Light
The farm will be constructed on a 47-hectare site – the equivalent of about 40 football pitches and will include a substation, 20 inverter stations and a CCTV camera system. A start date for the project has yet to be set.
A habitat management plan must also be approved by the council before works can begin. In a statement, Elgin Energy said;
“Existing field boundaries will not be disturbed and mature hedgerows will provide generous screening for the site. Elgin Energy has contacted those neighbours in the immediate vicinity of the site and has offered to answer any queries which might arise. The land will remain in agricultural use in the form of sheep grazing while being used for the dual purpose of generating low-carbon renewable energy.”
Elgin Energy, which has already developed 250MW of solar across 24 projects in the UK and Ireland, is planning an even bigger farm in Moray and is seeking planning permission for a 50MW project at the former RAF Milltown airfield, a few miles north east of Elgin. A decision on that application is not expected until early next year.
Read more on the Elgin Energy 20MW Solar project here.