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Plans unveiled for 5MW PV solar farm

An application from Green Energy UK Direct has been lodged with Scottish Borders Council to construct a PV solar park on land at Newmills Farm near Lauder in Berwickshire, the Southern Reporter has reported.

The site has been identified as having good potential for PV generation due to its location and irradiation levels.

The purpose of the development is to provide a large-scale renewable energy source that will be connected to the National Grid.

The application claims that the project will generate renewable energy from natural resources in a sustainable manner.

The proposed installation is a 5MW PV solar farm, and would cover approximately 27 acres.

The site would include inverter housings, CCTV, security fencing, soft landscaping, access tracks, a substation and ancillary works.

There are not expected to be any long-term negative environmental impacts, but if permission is granted there may be increased traffic and construction noise in the surrounding area for 12 weeks while the construction is on-going.

If constructed, the developer says the solar park would be in place for 25 years.

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