Solar energy firm to build 50 MW solar farm in Scotland

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Renewables firm Elgin Energy has received planning permission for a 50MW solar farm at Milltown Airfield near Elgin in Moray. On completion this would be the largest solar farm in Scotland.

The Milltown Airfield project is the first solar development approved by the Energy Consents Unit (ECU) of the Scottish Government which rules on projects of 50MW or greater in output.

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Edward Tennant of Innes Estate said “This is an exciting new chapter for Innes Estate. For 20 years my parents have grown and diversified the business to span from farming and forestry to weddings and corporate entertainment.

“This new project will provide yet more diversification and most importantly it will allow us to re-invest in one of Morayshire’s most important historic houses. The need for renewable energy is becoming increasingly important and we are very happy to be contributing to the green future of Scotland.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Elgin Energy as their wealth of experience in the sector has made the process very smooth and we look forward to the completion of the project and the continuation of our working relationship.”

In 2015, Scotland achieved its 50% target of gross annual electricity consumption from renewable energy and is on track to achieve their target of 100% by 2020. To date, Scotland has a total installed capacity of 319MW of solar PV.

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