Plans for Scotland's largest solar farm approved

Plans to build Scotland's largest solar farm have been given the go-ahead.

Plans to build Scotlands largest solar farm have been given the go-ahead.
Plans to build Scotlands largest solar farm have been given the go-ahead.

Moray Council has granted planning permission for Elgin Energy’s proposed 20mw development near Urquhart.

The project could see around 80,000 solar panels installed at the 47-hectare Speyslaw site, along with a substation, 20 inverter stations and CCTV.

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The local authority said all the cabling will be underground, meaning sheep will still be able to graze around the panels.

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No trees, hedges or woodland will be removed and extra planting has been proposed.

Permission for the solar farm is valid for three decades, after which point the developer will have a year to decommission the works and restore the site to an agreed condition.

Claire Feaver, chair of Moray Council’s planning and 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.”

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The largest solar farm currently in Scotland is a 13mw site constructed last year at Errol in Perth and Kinross, according to Elgin Energy.