The University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland (pictured) is advancing its plans to become carbon neutral with two large-scale renewable energy projects.
Kenly Wind farm was approved in October 2013 and once built will consist of six 2 MW wind turbines on the University Farm at Kenly. The project will allow the University to be self-sufficient in electricity, whilst saving 19,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
Following recent approval – subject to conditions – from Councillors on Fife Council’s north-east planning committee, the University is also hoping to develop a £25 million biomass CHP project on the site of a former paper mill in nearby Guardbridge. If developed the woodchip fuelled biomass plant is expected to supply hot water to heat and cool the university buildings a few miles away.
The site, which was acquired by the University in 2010, has also been earmarked as a sustainable energy research and teaching campus, having lain largely derelict since former owners Curtis Fine Papers closed in 2008.