30 May 2018

Permission granted for Scotland's biggest solar farm

Elgin Energy Moray

Elgin Energy has received planning permission for a 50MW solar PV project at Milltown Airfield near Elgin in Moray. This is the largest consented solar PV project in Scotland to date.

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.

“This large-scale project is the fruition of the commitment and vision between Elgin Energy, Innes Estate, Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution, National Grid, Savills and the rest of our professional support team.

"We would hope to begin developing this project in the early 2020s. Elgin Energy is continuing to invest in Scottish solar and across the UK to accelerate the transition to a low carbon, secure and affordable UK energy system.” – Ronan Kilduff, Managing Director, Elgin Energy

The development will occupy approximately 115 hectares of a former RAF Airfield on land owned by the Innes Estate. The airfield was decommissioned in the 1970s and since then has been used for a variety of activities including storage, HGV testing and sheep grazing. The site will continue to be used for sheep grazing once construction is complete.

Edward Tennant, Innes Estate, "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 solar farm will supply 50MW of clean and affordable electricity powering up to 15,000 Scottish homes or 19,000 electric vehicles annually. Elgin Energy previously developed the current largest operational solar farm in Scotland. Errol, a 13MW solar farm in Perth was energised in 2016.

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

Milltown Airfield solar farm will provide a significant contribution to Scotland’s robust and growing renewables sector and the country’s renewable energy targets. Elgin Energy is currently developing additional sites throughout Scotland and the UK.