Solar Farm Investigations – Scotland
LOCATIONVarious - Scotland
PROJECT TYPEGeotechnical site investigation
About 40% of Scotland’s electricity demand is currently met by renewable sources and by 2020, the Scottish Government wants this to be 100%. Solar power is seen as a key part of the renewable mix but accounts for just 2% of energy generation, with the focus having been on onshore wind in recent years. As a result (and with technology becoming cheaper), the solar power market looks set to grow dramatically in the near future. This change of focus is attracting interest from global investors, developers and operators of solar farms. Eastern Scotland, in particular, is seen as a key area for solar energy generation. Aberdeenshire, Angus, Fife, Perth and Kinross receive similar levels of sunshine to countries such as Denmark and Germany, which are already well-served by solar power. Harrison Group Environmental carried out geotechnical investigations as part of site appraisals for six solar farm sites in eastern Scotland for two major UK solar energy providers – Lark Energy and Geometris – in Summer 2016. Working to tight timescales – all six investigations were carried out in two weeks to meet planning deadlines – Harrison mobilised a team of engineers from its Norwich and Cambridge offices to carry out the work.