The man behind Scotland’s two largest solar farms has revealed that everyone thought he was “a bit crazy” when he suggested the technology back in 2010. With two giant Moray-based projects now in the works, Elgin Energy’s managing director Ronan Kilduff said yesterday that, despite having his past detractors, he “loves doing business in Scotland full stop.” He said: “We are very excited about the prospect that solar can work in Scotland. When I was suggesting this in 2010, everyone thought I was a bit crazy back then.” Elgin Energy were given a huge shot in the arm with the commission of the 20 megawatt (MW) Speyslaw solar farm in August last year, and quickly followed that up with a proposal for the massive 50MW Milltown Airfield development. Elgin also operates the 13MW Errol Estate solar farm in Perthshire, which went live last year.
Energy Voice 9th June 2018 read more »
Cambridge-based firm Polysolar has launched a funding programme for its photovoltaic (PV) panels; a transparent alternative to solar panels which the firm hopes could replace windows and assist in the creation of zero-carbon buildings. The programme has been launched on CrowdCube, with funds raised intended for manufacturing and development costs. The sum would be added to the £1.5m already invested by the firm into the technology’s design and creation. Polysolar panels are based on a range of thin-film PV technologies. One panel measuring 1,200mm by 600m can generate an average of 5kWh of power per month – equivalent to half an average home’s power consumption per day. The company estimates that a building such as the Shard, which has enough glass to cover eight football fields, could generate around 2,500MWh per year if fitted with Polysolar panels. This is combined with the reduction in air-conditioning loads.
Power Technology 8th June 2018 read more »