Scottish green energy centre wins EU funding

Funding from the EU will allow work to start on a new green energy centre in Scotland. The Guardbridge Energy Centre biomass plant – which will use wood from local […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Funding from the EU will allow work to start on a new green energy centre in Scotland.

The Guardbridge Energy Centre biomass plant – which will use wood from local forests – and heat distribution network project at St Andrews University in Fife has been granted £11 million.

Hot water from the plant will be pumped underground to heat and cool laboratories and student halls at the university.

The project is expected to create more than 200 jobs during the construction phase.

Scottish Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil said: “The construction of the Guardbridge energy centre will act as a springboard for the regeneration of the village, which will provide an economic boost for the wider Fife economy.

“The centre’s projected carbon savings will help the environment and the local area will benefit from the university’s commitment to job creation and apprenticeships.”

The money will be invested through the Scottish Partnership for Regeneration in Urban Centres (SPRUCE) fund, which is a joint Scottish Government and European Regional Development initiative, managed by Amber Infrastructure.