Work on Carmyllie solar park to begin this year

Solar panels
Solar panels

Work is due to begin shortly in Carmyllie on one of Scotland’s first commercial-scale solar parks.

The project is being carried out by Aberdeen-based BWE Partnership and the ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) park will be built on a 50 acre site at New Mains of Guynd.

According to the firm works will begin at the end of this year and when operational will have the potential to produce enough energy to power around 6,670 homes.

The New Mains of Guynd Solar Park will be located on land leased from Robert and Brenda Jackson, who farm at New Mains of Guynd, and has all the appropriate legal agreements in place including full planning permission granted by Angus Council in October 2014.

Owner of BWE Partnership, Ron Shanks, said: “This is an exciting time for BWE Partnership as we enter the construction stage of delivering what we believe is Scotland’s first large commercial solar park.

“This site was selected because of its excellent levels of irradiance which is vital to the effectiveness of a solar park as this powers the entire project.”

Kevin Jackson, partner of the family farm, said: “I am delighted that New Mains of Guynd is playing a key part in this large scale development for renewables in Scotland. This agreement with BWE Partnership will allow us to maximise income generation from our land without hindering day-to-day activities. I’m looking forward to seeing the solar park installed and operating.”

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