Highlands council gives thumbs-up for Scotland’s largest solar farm

The Errol sun-power site near Dundee is presently the largest in Scotland.
The Errol sun-power solar farm near Dundee is presently the largest in Scotland.

Moray Council has given the thumbs-up to plans to build what would be the largest solar farm in Scotland.

The plan by a London-based renewable energy generator would see some 200,000 solar power panels built on a former RAF airfield at Milltown.

However, because of the scale of the proposed solar power farm, the council does not have the final say in the plan, which will be decided by the Scot-Govt.

But given the minority SNP-led Scot-Govt’s commitment to renewable energy development, it is likely to be approved early next year.

Location of the former RAF airbase, Morayshire
Location of the former RAF airbase, Morayshire

In August 2017, Moray Council approved a solar photovoltaic array one mile north-east of the airfield at Speyslaw. It is around 40% of the size of the latest proposal from Elgin Energy.

This latest proposal has the potential to be one of the largest solar farms in Europe, covering more than 110 hectares of land which would be covered almost entirely with rows of solar panels arranged around the former runways, with the rows of panels 6-ft above ground level.

7 Dec 2017

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