Irish energy developer to build Europe’s most northerly solar power farm in Scotland

Since the RAF move out, the sheep moved in at Millfield, near Elgin - which is now to be home of the biggest solar-powered electricity station in Scotland
After the RAF moved out, the sheep moved in at Millfield, near Elgin – which is now to be home of the biggest solar-powered electricity station in Scotland.

Scotland – traditionally known as the most cloudy country in the world – is set to become home to Europe’s most northerly solar farm.

A former RAF airfield in the Highlands has been earmarked for a 50 megawatt (MW) project that could power 15,000 homes or 19,000 electric cars for a year.

Scot-Govt Ministers have now approved planning permission for the project – which will be Scotland’s biggest solar power station – in Elgin, Moray.

It will be almost four times bigger than the 13MW Errol solar farm in Perth, currently the largest of its kind in Scotland.

Details of the project have been disclosed by developers Elgin Energy after it became the first solar farm to win approval from the Scottish government’s energy consents unit, which rules on large-scale projects.

Ronan Kilduff, Managing Director of Dublin-based Elgin Energy, explained: “This large-scale project is the fruition of the commitment and vision between Elgin Energy, Innes Estate, Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution, National Grid, and Moray Council.

“It is the culmination of almost six years preparatory work and we hope to begin developing this project in the early 2020s.”

Aleksandra Klassen, National Coordinator, Solar Trade  Association Scotland, commented: “That such large-scale projects are being planned for in the subsidy-free era is testament to the increasingly important role solar will play in our national decarbonisation strategies.”

29 May 2018

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