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Scotland’s ‘largest’ solar farm approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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Scottish ministers have granted approval for Elgin Energy’s application for a 50 mega watt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) project at Milltown Airfield, near Elgin in Moray.

The project is the largest consented solar PV project in Scotland to date, and will be the largest operational solar farm once complete after Elgin Energy operational solar farm Errol, a13MW solar farm in Perth.

It is also the first solar development approved by the Energy Consents Unit (ECU) of the Scottish Government, which determines project that have an output of 50MW or more.

The development site, 115 hectares in size, is a former RAF Airfield on land owned by the Innes Estate. It was decommissioned in the 1970s and has since been used for storage, HGV testing and sheep grazing. Sheep will continue to graze the site once the solar farm has been installed.

Ronan Kilduff, managing director at Elgin Energy, said: “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, Savills and the rest of our professional support team.”

He said the firm hope to begin developing the project in the early 2020s.

The solar farm will supply 50MW of clean and affordable electricity, which will power up to 15,000 Scottish homes, according to Elgin Energy.

The decision letter can be found on the Energy Consents Unit website.

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