A NEW solar panel installation, which is one of the biggest commercial systems in Scotland, has been praised the country’s Energy Minister.
Based at the Malcolm Allan Housebuilders warehouse in Kintore, it includes 792 state-of-the-art solar panels and is expected to generate 114039Kwh of green electricity a year – equivalent to the amount needed to fuel 32 typical homes.
Scotland’s Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing hailed it as a shining example of the country’s efforts to meet green energy targets in both the consumer and industrial sectors.
Ewing said: “This installation is a great sign that the solar sector has a strong future in Scotland, in spite of recent uncertainties over the Feed in Tariff. The proposals for a framework for future tariff changes should provide a sustainable basis for growth and build confidence in the solar PV sector.
“The expansion of businesses such as Absolute Solar and Wind shows that solar PV works in Scotland and will continue to contribute to our world-leading renewables targets.”
Bruce Allan of Malcolm Allan said: “We have been looking at investing in renewable energy for a while now, as we were aware of the environmental and financial benefits of installing such a solar energy system.
“It was important to find a system that was sustainable and a simple way of reducing emissions. We consulted with the team at Absolute Solar and Wind about our plans and we were impressed with what they suggested.
“Now that the project is complete we are thrilled with the final outcome and we are already seeing the benefits.”
Mark Newall, Managing Director of Absolute Solar and Wind, one of the fastest growing renewable energy companies in the country, said: “The Kintore project was an exciting one to work on as it was on such a massive scale. As one of largest commercial solar panel systems ever installed in Scotland it also shows Malcolm Allan’s commitment to green energy solutions. This system will not only benefit the company financially but will also give back to the environment.”