Solar farm that could power 1 in 5 homes in Angus, proposed near Fowlis Easter
A proposal for a solar farm near Dundee that could generate sufficient electricity to power 1 in 5 of Angus’s homes, is being developed by Solar2.
Berryhill Solar Farm will generate clean, renewable energy through photovoltaic (PV) solar panels.
It will comprise around 152,000 individual solar panels mounted on racks and arranged in rows.
Berryhill will supply power directly into the grid, with an export capacity of 49.9MW (megawatts), generating sufficient electricity to meet the needs of around 1 in 5 of Angus’s homes (note 2).
Located west of Fowlis and around 4km northwest of Dundee, the farm is expected to offset approximately 20,230 tonnes of CO2 per year (note 2).
There will be a community benefit package worth £500 for every megawatt (MW) of installed capacity on the site. Assuming an installed capacity of up to 50MW, this would mean a community benefit fund with an annual value of £25,000 a year, or £1 million over the 40-year, operating life of the solar farm.
Solar2, the developers behind the project, have now started a series of meetings to introduce the team, get initial feedback and answer questions.
Solar2 has listened to community views and taken advice from Scottish Government’s Chief Planner and Angus Council’s planning team and determined that it will be possible to hold a public exhibition rather than a purely virtual consultation.
Development Director, Neil Lindsay said, “We’re looking forward to this opportunity to meet local people so that they can speak directly to us and raise any questions that they may have about the project.”
Solar2 will now
- host a Zoom call on 10th June 5.00-7.00pm, everyone is welcome to join. There will be a short presentation by Solar2 and people will then be able to ask questions of the project team. Details how to join will be posted here, in due course.
- host a public exhibition at Fowlis Easter Hall, 2 Benvie Road, Fowlis Easter, Dundee, Angus D2 5SA on Saturday 12th June 2021 between 10.30am – 2.00pm when all Solar2 technical reports and visualisations will be completed (all of this information will also be on the website for those who cannot attend in person). The exhibition will be run in line with Covid-19 safe Government guidance (social distancing, face coverings, limit on numbers inside at one time).
As part of the consultation with local people, Solar2 will be taking comments and questions up to 19th June 2021 inclusive. Solar2 expect to submit a planning application in late June 2021, after the public consultation is completed.
It should be noted that comments made to Solar2 during the pre-application consultation are not representations to the planning authority and if Solar2 submits an application, there will be an opportunity to make representations on that application to the planning authority.