By Malvika Kashyap
March 30, 2022
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After councillors unanimously approved plans for a huge solar farm on the outskirts of Kinglassie, construction might begin next year.
The developers chose the 115-acre location at Strathruddie Farm because the landowner was eager to be part.
While it is well-screened and only 2.2 kilometres from Westfield's nearest grid supply source,
The solar farm is estimated to generate 24.8 GWh of electricity per year once fully operational, enough to power around 7000 houses.
It will also save over 11,000 tonnes of CO2 each year, assisting in the fight against climate change and meeting national and municipal renewable energy and carbon reduction targets.
There will also be ten battery storage units built, allowing energy to be stored on site and better managed during times of high or low demand.
When the plans were presented to councillors, Fife planning case officer Martin McGroarty advised approval, and the committee approved.
By aiding the National Electricity Grid, approval of the development would be a big step forward in tackling the global climate emergency.
There are no issues of aesthetic impact to address, and there are no concerns about the built and historic environment if this application is approved.
The solar farm will be a mix of fixed and tracking panels, according to detailed blueprints filed with the proposal.
In addition, a 2.2-metre-high security fence would be built around the site to keep intruders out while allowing sheep to graze freely and securely.
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