Scotland’s largest privately owned solar farm is on track to record just under 1.5 million kilowatt hours in 2016, its first year in operation.Based on a farm near Westerton, Aberdeenshire, the 10-acre facility was built for the family-owned Mackie’s ice cream business and has a total installed capacity of 1.8MW. It complements four wind turbines, with a total of 3MW, providing peak power in summer when wind levels tend to drop. The 7000-panel solar farm, installed by Loch Lomond-based Absolute Solar and Wind, is capable of creating enough electricity to power 485 homes. Its 2016 output is five per cent above estimates thanks to favourable weather conditions.
Scotsman 19th Dec 2016 read more »
Herald 19th Dec 2016 read more »
The recent U.S. solar installation numbers are astonishing. Greentech Media and the Solar Energy Industries association reported a record third quarter, at over 4,100 megawatts (MW) installed, with expected annual numbers exceeding 14,000 MW. Put another way, that is nearly one megawatt installed every half hour. For the first three quarters, new solar capacity ranked second only to natural gas-fired generating capacity.
Forbes 19th Dec 2016 read more »