Solar farm proposed for Carse of Gowrie

September 26, 2013

A brand new solar farm has been proposed for Tayside, with the allocation of 70,000 free-standing panels expected to provide the local area with an energy boost.

The plans have been set for a 100-acre greenfield site in the Carse of Gowrie and the panels would help to generate clean, renewable energy which can be fed back into the National Grid.

Despite two solar farm schemes having received planning permission in Scotland, at Lothian and Grampian, there has been no solar PV sites completed as of yet. 

The local public have not yet been given a huge amount of information about the scheme, but an exhibition is set to be held at the West Carse Public Hall from October 2nd. 

Despite the fact that plans have yet to be submitted to the local council, member of the Scottish Parliament Murdo Fraser has supported the scheme. 

“Solar energy has proven to work well on small privately owned installations. Plans for larger installations have the potential to be just as successful," he said. 

“Solar energy schemes are traditionally less obtrusive than other forms of renewable energy.”

When discussing privately owned installations, Mr Fraser could have been talking about solar panels on domestic properties throughout Scotland.

Scottish residents can benefit from the technology and make the most of later hours of daylight experienced in the north of the British Isles. 

By taking up a Green Deal scheme, householders can have the technology installed on their property with no upfront cost, and the bills will be repaid following savings on energy bills. 

Once they have been fully repaid, householders can reap the benefits of cheaper energy bills in the long term.

Furthermore, if a household makes the most of the government's feed-in tariff, the domestic solar allocation can even help to generate income, by sending electricity back to the National Grid.

Residents will also be pleased to hear that both the Green Deal and the feed-in tariff can work in harmony to provide additional benefits. 

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