Plans for solar farm near Coldingham revealed

Picture: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Picture: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Plans to build a 40,000-panel solar farm just few miles from Coldingham have been unveiled.

BHA Enterprises wants to build the development on land at Huxton Bogbank, located between Coldingham and A1.

The company initially planned to create a wind farm, but says it opted to create a solar development after being advised by Scottish Borders Council that a wind farm application would be rejected.

If the company is permission, the panels would be suspended above the ground to allow sheep grazing to continue on the land.

A scoping request for the plans has been submitted to the local authority.

WWF Scotland director Lang Banks believes the scheme would still have to go through the proper planning process.

“However, the thousands of solar panels already installed across Scotland are already helping to prevent thousands of tonnes of climate-damaging emissions being emitted every year,” he added.

“The Borders and other parts of Scotland may seem unlikely places for solar, but if you look at solar maps Scotland receives about 80% of the solar energy of Germany - the current world leader in solar.

“So, there’s absolutely no reason we couldn’t be deploying significantly more solar if we put our minds to it.”