Is this Scotland’s largest solar farm?

What is thought to be Scotland’s largest solar farm, with 7,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels generating an estimated 1.5million kWh of energy and producing a saving of some 850,000kg of CO2 emissions each year, went “live” in September.

Developed by Absolute Solar and Wind Limited in partnership with the pioneering family business Mackies of Scotland, the site is expected to generate enough energy to produce more than four million litres of ice cream a year.

Founded in 2007 by Mark and Richard Newall, Glasgow-based Absolute Solar and Wind was born from the ambition to make the world a greener, more economic place. The company was chosen to install the impressive solar farm as part of Mackies’ efforts to become a carbon neutral business. 

The renewable energy company’s director and head of solar, Andrew McGown, said: “We understand this project to be the largest solar farm installed and connected to the National Grid in Scotland and it is a project we are incredibly excited to have been involved in. Solar makes great sense; enough sunlight falls on the earth’s surface every hour to meet world energy demand for an entire year.”

Farmer and managing director of Mackies, Mac Mackie, said: “As a business we have always seen the value of renewable energy, from both an economic and an environmental perspective. We’re constantly challenging ourselves to be as green as possible, and working with Absolute we feel well placed to ensure that we will always get the best out of our renewable solutions.”

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