A new 792-module strong solar array in Scotland has been praised by the country’s Energy Minister. The solar plant is based at the Malcom Allan Housebuilders warehouse in Kintore and is predicted to generate over 114,000kWh of clean, green electricity a year.

Commenting on the project, Fergus Ewing, Soctalnd’s Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, said: Ewing said: “This installation is a great sign that the solar sector has a strong future in Scotland, in spite of recent uncertainties over the feed-in tariff.” 

The minister went on to praise Government’s new tri-monthly degression model, stating: “The proposals for a framework for future tariff changes should provide a sustainable basis for growth and build confidence in the solar PV sector.”

Bruce Allan of Malcolm Allan said: “We have been looking at investing in renewable energy for a while now, as we were aware of the environmental and financial benefits of installing such a solar energy system.

“It was important to find a system that was sustainable and a simple way of reducing emissions.  We consulted with the team at Absolute Solar and Wind about our plans and we were impressed with what they suggested.

“Now that the project is complete we are thrilled with the final outcome and we are already seeing the benefits.”

The 150kWp installation, which is thought to be one of the largest solar installations in the country, was carried out by Absolute Solar and Wind’s Glasgow-based team. Mark Newall, Managing Director of Absolute Solar and Wind said: “The Kintore project was an exciting one to work on as it was on such a massive scale.  As one of largest commercial solar panel systems ever installed in Scotland it also shows Malcolm Allan’s commitment to green energy solutions.  This system will not only benefit the company financially but will also give back to the environment.

“Despite the recent debate over changes to feed-in tariffs, solar energy is still a very viable option for both home owners and commercial enterprises.  Solar panelling will continue to save customers money and offers a better return rate than most other investments.”

Sales and Marketing Director, Terry Doherty added: “Despite the recent uncertainty in the solar industry due to the change in feed-in tariff fees we still saw the business grow significantly in 2011 and 2012.

“We remain committed to pressing forward in the solar PV market and believe the market will remain a buoyant one for many years to come as energy costs continue to rise.  Investing in renewable energy solutions is not only a practical decision, but one which will benefit companies and homeowners for years to come.”