Solar farm could be set for Kelso

Solar electric panels
Solar electric panels

An application has been made for planning permission to build a solar farm on land near Kelso.

Developers have submitted initial plans for the 5MW project to planners at Scottish Borders Council.

Green Energy UK has been exploring the possibility of constructing the panels on land about a mile south-east of the centre of Kelso, at Wooden Farm.

The firm, which is based in Cheshire, has told planners it would cover an area of 30.6 acres (12 hectares) of land at Wooden Farm, to the south-west of Windywalls.

In a pre-application ‘screening request’ to Scottish Borders Council, Green Energy UK claim most of the site will remain vegetated as only 30% of the site will be covered by solar panels.

The developers said the farm could be built in 12 weeks and it is likely to be in place for 25 years.

The proposed panels will be no more than 2.3m (7.5ft) in height.

The proposal for the Wooden site includes provision for CCTV, security fencing, soft landscaping a substation and access tracks.

Scottish Borders Council are not currently inviting public comments on the proposed development.

Based in Manchester, Green Energy UK’s portfolio contains several energy schemes in England, as well as further afield, including a solar farm in Pakistan.