We have renewable developers once again looking for viable sites to create solar farms in Scotland and Northern England. Developers are looking for sites of 200 acres plus, which are (ideally) flat, not at risk of flooding and clear of any cultural heritage constraints. Principle areas of interest lie along the following coastal areas:
- Newcastle to Berwick
- Solway Coast of Cumbria and Dumfries & Galloway
- East Neuk of Fife
Just like onshore wind development, the cost of grid connection and grid capacity are key elements of site viability. Rental expectations vary but typically fall within a range of £400-600 per acre per annum. Author: Derek Bathgate (Ayr). For more information, contact your local D&R office.