Planned new Highlands sun-power farm would be four times bigger than Scotland’s largest solar site

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

Plans for a new solar power farm on the site of a former RAF airfield near Inverness have been submitted by Elgin Energy.

The company – which is based in London despite its name – wants to build a subsidy-free solar farm with more than 50MW of capacity built on the former RAF Milltown Airfield in Morayshire.

Once approved, the project would deliver enough power for around 15,000 households – from some 200,000 solar panels – while retaining its current agricultural use in the form of sheep grazing.

Elgin Energy’s application states that as the proposed development will be completed post-subsidy, it needs to utilise a significant portion of the airfield in order to be commercially viable.

Site of the proposed new solar farm
Site of the proposed new solar farm

The Milltown solar-site would be nearly four times the size of the company solar farm at Errol, near Dundee, which – with a capacity of just 13MW – is currently is the largest solar farm in Scotland.

This is also one of the most northern utility-scale solar farms in the world.

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