Scotland to host ‘Solar Independence Day’ events

Cronan Farm

LOCATIONS across the UK will be opening their doors to the public this weekend to celebrate solar energy and showcase its potential.

As part of the Solar Trade Association’s (STA) ‘Solar Independence Day’ celebrations, Forster Energy is facilitating on-site solar viewings/talks at two venues – a farm in Perthshire and a National Trust for Scotland estate in Aberdeenshire.

Forster Group Chairman John Forster is the Chair of the new Scottish STA committee and working groups, which seeks to act as a strong voice for solar in Scotland – advising and developing policy with the Scottish Government while raising awareness of solar benefits nationally. 

“Solar Independence Day presents a great opportunity for individuals, businesses, charities and community groups to find out more about the potential for solar,” said John. 

Cronan Farm in the heart of Strathmore is the venue for the first event on Friday morning.  The MJ & J McLaren broccoli and potato enterprise installed a 720 panel solar array to provide power for the farms cold stores. The installation exemplifies the appetite for solar amongst Scottish farmers, keen to reduce their energy costs by generating their own electricity.

The National Trust for Scotland’s Pitmedden Gardens provide an idyllic setting for the second event on Saturday morning. The NTS has installed a 115 panel array on the roof of the gardeners storage shed, which is generating power for the Museum of Farming Life and other buildings at the stunning Aberdeenshire garden.