Plans for solar farm in Tain
A SOLAR farm could be built on common good land on the edge of a Tain industrial estate.
Highland Council has lodged plans for the array on Tain Common Good land next to Blarliath Industrial Estate and the Far North rail line.
The application features 10 rows of solar panels capable of generating up to 6.75kw of electricity. It is part of wider efforts by the local authority to install photovoltaic systems on undeveloped land at council sites. In a statement supporting its application, the council said it "aims to be a more sustainable and energy efficient organisation, reducing energy costs, carbon emissions and impact on the environment".
It continued: "With this in mind the council [is] looking to install photovoltaic systems on undeveloped land at Highland Council sites.
"The systems will generate renewable electricity which will be used to offset grid electricity consumption in Highland Council buildings.
"As well as providing financial savings for the council, the project will help work towards ambitious Scottish Government energy targets."
The solar panels will be set on frames rising 2.4-metres high, facing south. As part of the plans, the site will be bordered by a two-metre tall fence.