Scottish legal firm, Gilson Gray LLP, has been praised for its role in the creation of the UK’s largest solar farm.

Developers of the project, Scottow Moor Solar, were advised on the necessary rights and initial financing of the €38million ground-mounted solar PV project at the former RAF Coltishall in Norfolk by the firm, which has bases in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Since receiving planning consent for a 50MW solar site in January, the first c. 34MW phase has already been connected. It is believed to have been the fastest large-scale solar deployment in Europe, marking just seven weeks from commencement to connection.

David Fyffe, Scottow Moor Solar founder, said: “The good work of Gilson Gray has helped bring this ground-breaking project to realisation.

“By facilitating the option to lease the site and helping with the extensive legal complications of constructing on a former RAF base, the team at Gilson Gray has been integral to the process – acting with a commercial mindset throughout.”

Gilson Gray’s Head of Renewable Energy, Andrew Fleetwood, who led on the project, said: “We’re delighted to have played a part in bringing this major project to fruition.

“We believe that large scale solar has a continuing role in the UK energy mix.

“Solar is less visually impactful than wind turbines, relatively easy to build and allows for continued grazing around and within the site.

“The industry’s response to cuts in solar subsidies has been to reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve delivery of projects within tight time frames. We are proud to help our clients to adapt and improve.”

Glen Gilson, Managing Partner at Gilson Gray, added: “It is testament to the talents that Gilson Gray has been able to acquire that we are attracting and carrying out projects of this scale and importance.

“It is pleasing to know that we played a material part in delivering this clean energy project. Andrew Fleetwood is fast becoming one of the leading renewables lawyers in the UK and we are delighted to offer such talent to our clients.”

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