Plans approved for Scotland’s largest solar farm

UK-based solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer Elgin Energy has received approval to construct Scotland’s largest solar farm, a 20MW development on the North coast.

The solar facility will stretch across a 47-hectare site and could incorporate up to 80,000 solar panels, replacing a 14MW farm in Errol (also built by Elgin) as the nation’s largest.

Crucially, all cabling at the site will be underground, allowing sheep to graze around the panels over its 30-year lifetime. A further habitat management plan must also be approved by the council before works can begin.

Cllr Claire Feaver, chair of Moray Council’s Planning & Regulatory Services Committee, said: “A significant amount of renewable energy will be generated by this solar farm over the next 30 years.

“The opportunity to continue grazing on the land, together with the Habitat Management Plan, will maintain and enhance the diverse range of species in and around the site. I see this as a win-win.”

However, the solar farm will not retain the title of Scotland’s largest for very long, with Elgin planning to construct another 50MW farm nearby.