Brockwell Energy are pleased to announce that Fife Council have approved its planning application for the detailed design of a ground-mounted solar project supported by batteries at the Westfield site near Kinglassie.

The consent, which was granted on 12 February 2021, permits the development of up to 30MW of solar generation linked to up to 20MW of battery storage. The combination of the battery and solar capacity allows the a proportion of renewable energy produced by the solar to be stored and exported when most required by the grid.

The proposed solar development is consistent with the approved masterplan for the former surface mining site and will contribute towards the strategy of developing Westfield as a green industrial park. The development and regeneration of the site will be enhanced and supported by the availability of on-site renewable energy.

Alex Lambie, CEO of Brockwell Energy commented “This is a an exciting opportunity to generate renewable energy utilising land at the former mining site that is not suitable either for agriculture or commercial use. The proposed solar capacity will be enhanced with battery capacity which will complement the planned flag-ship energy-from-waste plant in helping drive the re-development and regeneration of the broader site.”