Work to create Scotland’s largest airport-based solar farm is now underway following the successful completion of the development phase of the project. Glasgow Airport, in partnership with energy transition adviser and developer Ikigai Group, has completed the development phase and the subsequent successful financial close for a 19.9MW solar plant with Zestec Renewable Energy. Approximately £18.5 million is being invested to create the solar farm.
The 40-acre ground-mounted solar farm, to be located on Glasgow Airport-owned land, will be built in phases to accommodate the current and future demand of the airport as well as neighbouring businesses which will be able to access low-cost, green energy. Construction will take place over the coming months, with completion of the first phase expected in summer 2024.
In addition to being a key component of the airport’s ‘Sustainability Strategy’, the project is the cornerstone of its vision to create an energy hub which will also help local industry decarbonise and reduce energy costs.
“The development of the solar farm marks a key milestone in our sustainability journey by giving the airport the ability to generate clean energy onsite,” said Ronald Leitch, Operations Director, Glasgow Airport. “This will advance our plans to decarbonise our own operations while supporting the net-zero ambitions of our airport partners and neighbours. Importantly, it also creates the foundation to turn the airport into an energy hub and allows us to progress our plans to support zero emission flight. We are looking forward to working with Ikigai and Zestec, both of whom share our vision for a sustainable future.”