Scotland’s largest solar farm officially opens

A solar farm with a capacity of 13MW has opened in Scotland. It covers 70 acres of land and is said to be the largest in the country. The site […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

A solar farm with a capacity of 13MW has opened in Scotland.

It covers 70 acres of land and is said to be the largest in the country.

The site located on the Errol estate near Perth, is expected to generate enough electricity to power more than 3,500 homes.

The region was one of the first locations in the nation to be identified as a potential solar farm site, according to the Scottish Government.

The solar array was designed by Elgin Energy and Canadian Solar built the site and is operating the project.

Scottish Business, Innovation and Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “This very substantial and impressive project is proof that large scale solar photovoltaic systems work well on the east coast of Scotland and I am also greatly encouraged that a variety of organisations are continuing to source solar sites across the country, with a view to developing financially viable schemes.

“The Scottish Government is developing a new, overarching Energy Strategy for Scotland, which means developing a whole systems approach considering Scotland’s energy supply and consumption as equal priorities, building a genuinely integrated approach to power, transport and heat and solar will play an important role within the energy mix.”