The University has planning permission to build a wind farm consisting of 6nr wind turbines at Kenly capable of generating 12.3MW of electricity saving over 9,000 tCO2e per year.
A strict condition of that permission is that construction of wind turbines can only start once agreement has been reached with the Ministry of Defence over a solution to ensure the turbines do not interfere with the radar systems at the former RAF air station at Leuchars.
Despite numerous, repeated and high-level attempts by the University to explore solutions, the MoD has consistently declined to engage and refuses to negotiate to find a way forward.
We will continue to seek a solution with the MoD with the aim of commencing construction at Kenly, as a central initiative in St Andrews’ response to the climate crisis.
Some of the impacts of this project include:
- Direct and indirect investment in Fife -GDP benefit of £7.1M for Fife and £0.6M to the East Neuk.
- Job creation during construction and maintenance
- Community benefit fund
- Helps achieve Scotland’s objective of having 100% of renewable electricity by 2020
- Means University complies with its duty under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009
- Secures energy pricing into the future
- University will be self sufficient for electrical energy
If you would like more information on the progress of the Kenly Wind farm project so far, you could visit this webpage.