THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT

The Proposed Development

The proposed solar park development will involve the installation of ground mounted photovoltaic panels with associated infrastructure to generate up to 18.7MW of renewable energy which will feed directly into the local electricity grid network, and positively contribute towards national energy targets, in particular the Government’s target of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.

This pioneering and innovative project would be the first ground-mounted solar farm within Glasgow City Council. The proposed Caledonian Solar Park would provide a significant environmental benefit by generating a large amount of clean, renewable, zero carbon electricity within the Council’s boundary and to feed into the local electricity network.

  • The solar panels themselves will occupy approximately one third of the development site, allowing for space to prevent shading;
  • Panels will be fixed to mounting frames, and arranged in rows facing south. The development will be low-lying. The mounting structure will rise 1m from the ground at the lowest edge (south elevation) to approximately 3m from the ground at the highest point (northern elevation).
  • Other components of the development include inverters, perimeter fencing, access tracks and two small substations
  • Appropriate buffers have been incorporated into the proposed layout. This includes a generous buffer of 45m between the proposed PV panels and the boundary of the Possil Marsh SSSI to the south.
  • The site can remain in agricultural use and can be used for grazing purposes whilst the solar park is operational.
  • The site can accommodate a total of 60,000 – 75,000 solar panels. The output of the proposal would be up to 18.4MW. The number of panels proposed and the generation output will be informed through the ongoing design development process, with input from the technical team.
  • Planning permission would be sought for a period of 25 years from the date of commissioning. After this period, the solar park would be removed and land returned to purely agricultural use, or further planning permission sought for an extended period of use as a Solar Park.
Proposed Layout Plan
How long will construction take?

Construction of the proposed development would take approximately 6 months. During this time, construction vehicles and deliveries would be visiting the site. Thereafter, during the operational phase, there would be very limited vehicular movements associated with the proposed development. Approximately one vehicle trip per week would be made relating to maintenance of the propose solar farm.

What will the development look like and will it be noisy?

The photos on this website show example solar park developments. This site has been selected because it is relatively well screened from nearby viewpoints. Solar parks are becoming common features in the countryside as the country works to increase our renewable energy generation. Solar parks are quiet and passive systems which do not have moving parts or create significant air quality issues or noise or vibration in operation.

The planning application will be accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment and supporting technical reports which will include: Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, Transport and Accessibility, Heritage, Archaeology, Ecology, Socio-Economics, Climate Change, Flood Risk and Hydro-Geology, Glint and Glare and Noise. These assessments will assess the environmental impact of the proposed development and recommend mitigation measures where necessary.

Glasgow Climate Emergency Implementation Plan (2020)