Planning permission has been granted to build Scotland’s largest solar farm. The multimillion-pound development, about five miles northeast of Elgin in Moray, will have 80,000 photovoltaic panels across a 125-acre (506,000 sq m) site. Once operational it could provide enough power for up to 10,000 homes. Moray council’s planning committee gave unanimous backing to the plan for the Speyslaw area on the Innes estate. It is not yet clear when construction work will begin, but a solar farm of this scale would typically take three or four months to build. A 2.5m-high deer fence will be installed around the site and CCTV cameras will provide remote monitoring. All cabling will be placed underground, meaning sheep will still be able to graze around the panels. The largest operational solar farm in Scotland is the 55,000-panel site at the Errol estate in Perthshire, which powers about 3,500 homes.
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