Architect aims to build Scotland’s biggest solar power farm near Arbroath


Ron Shanks, Proprietor, BWE Partnership
Ron Shanks, Proprietor, BWE Partnership

Plans for one of the largest solar power farms to be built in Scotland have been lodged with Angus council.

The Aberdeen-based BWE Partnership – wholly owned and operated by architect Ron Shanks – is seeking permission for a 50-acre solar electricity generating development at New Mains of Guynd Farm, near Arbroath.

The council will vote on the planning application on 22 August. If approved, the 9.5 mw development will generate electricity sufficient to power 2,500 homes.

Shanks hopes the solar energy park will be operational within two years. His company has been plotting a number of potential sites for a ‘large solar energy development’ along the length of eastern Scotland from Berwick on Tweed to Fraserburgh.

He said: “I specialise in wind energy developments and I am a director, investor and development manager in numerous wind energy companies and projects throughout the UK, especially in Scotland.

“I have a financial model which is specifically set up for each project to achieve the maximum financial return on investment. Also, I have a team of specialists consultants who work with me to ensure the developments are promoted to the highest standard to give them the best possible opportunity of success.

“The best levels of solar irradiation are generally located within 10 miles of the North Sea.

“The sites must be a minimum of 30 acres and up to 250 acres, either level or south facing and they must be outwith a flood zone. Sites with 33kV power lines running over or near to a sub-station are especially attractive.”

BWE Partnership offer land-owners a starting rental at £750 per acre per annum as part of a 25 year lease for suitable sites. The rental increases on an upward only basis every five years.

There is also a possibility for the landowner to take a share in the project should this be of interest.

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