THE switch is set to be flicked on the largest solar panel farm in Scotland this week.
Mackie’s of Scotland said the installation of almost 7,000 panels on its Aberdeenshire farm would generate some 1.8 megawatts – the amount of energy required for the firm to make four million litres of its most famous product, ice-cream.
It marks the latest stage in a £6.5 million renewables investment programme which has included a fourth wind turbine and new biomass energy plant.
Mackie’s can now produce 10.5 million kWh of green electricity each year. About 40 per cent of that energy will be used directly on the farm, with the excess sold via the grid to a renewable energy supplier.
Managing director Mac Mackie said: “The wind turbines typically produce more power over the winter months, while the solar panels obviously produce more electricity in the spring and summer.
“It does seem perfect for an ice-cream company to be reliant on the sun in more ways than one.”