Ingliston Country Club on the outskirts of Glasgow has finished work on one of Scotland’s largest solar projects to date. The 120kW system cost £380,000 and spans 820m2 of roof space on the country club’s 200-stable horse riding centre.

Edinburgh-based firm Locogen designed the system, while Erskine construction firm Top Spec Contracts installed the 520 panels and, by virtue of being installed before August 1, it qualifies for the pre-FiT review subsidy rate of 29.3p per kilowatt hour.

Paul Fraser, Ingliston Country Club’s managing director, believes the up-front investment will be recouped within eight years and generate a further £850,000 over its 25-year lifespan. Enticed by these numbers, Ingliston is already contemplating installing a further 60kW of solar panels.

“We are immensely proud to be running one of the biggest commercial solar PV operations in the UK,” Fraser added. “This scheme is part of an ongoing initiative to reduce our CO2 footprint by reducing our energy output,and drawing our energy needs from renewable resources.

“It's also an effective way to reduce our costs, and we are very grateful to our suppliers Locogen for their expert advice and management and Top Spec Contracts for delivering the project within budget and in time for us to benefit from higher feed-in tariff rates.”