Scotland’s largest solar-power parc officially opens today in Perthshire

solar Lightsource Renewable Energy photoLocated on the Errol Estate near Perth, the new wind farm has been developed by Bristol-based Elgin Energy and will deploy solar PV panels supplied by global provider Canadian Solar.

The 13MW scheme has been constructed on 70 acres of land and will ultimately provide power for more than 3,500 homes. 

Founded in 2009, Elgin is now one of the leading solar PV development companies in Ireland and the UK.  

Elgin has developed more than 200 MW of projects in England, Scotland & Wales and has successfully obtained planning consents on projects in both the Republic and Northern Ireland.

Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Energy Minister, will formally ‘cut the ribbon’ to declare the new solar farm open for generation.

And ‘more solar’ is also one of the key points raised by Scotland’s Renewable Future forum in its ‘manifesto’ for the new Scot-Govt. Scottish Energy Policy.

See:  Scotland’s Renewable Future delivers draft new Scottish Energy Strategy

Jon Cape, Managing Director of solar energy firm, iPower – one of the key speakers at Scotland’s Renewables Forum – commented: “Scotland has the most favourable public policy on solar and the environment in the UK.

“Overall, solar yield in this part of Scotland is almost as strong as south east England. Even though the Scottish climate is generally colder and wetter than south of the Border, the Sun shines for longer in the long Scottish summer.

“And solar radiation in Scotland is similar to that in England, so it is entirely right for Scotland to take a lead in driving towards post-subsidy solar power.”

Errol Estate was one of the first locations in Scotland to be identified as a potential solar farm site, with the land being promoted for development by Thomas Macmillan, Renewable Energy Director of Savills, in 2011.

Recent cuts by the UK government have brought uncertainty to the solar PV sector, just as it was beginning to gain momentum in Scotland. 

However, according to Savills, this project is proof that large scale solar PV systems work well on the east coast of Scotland and the firm is continuing to source solar sites across Scotland, with a view to developing schemes that are financially viable without subsidy support. 

MacMillan said: “Solar technology has a far greater role to play in Scotland’s energy mix than many people might realise. 

“Due to reducing installation costs, and a climate of support from Scottish Government, we are continuing to see an appetite from developers to take forward new development sites, even with reducing subsidy support from the Westminster government.” 

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