Bid to put photo voltaic panels on Fife farm which may energy 8000 properties

Renewable energy company Ampyr has submitted a notice to Fife Council motion setting out the plan for the 29.9 megawatt solar farm south of the Lochead landfill and west of the A823.

The 45 hectare farm – the size of 62 football pitches – would house around 82,500 solar panels up to 3.5 meters high, as well as six inverter stations to convert the electricity from direct current to alternating current so that it can be fed into the national electricity grid.

Ampyr has established a local subsidiary, Dunfermline Solar Ltd, to operate and manage the site if planning permission is granted. The plant is to be operated for 25 years.

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Planning consultant David Bell, acting on behalf of the companies, said: “For the past 12 months, Ampyr Energy has conducted feasibility studies on the proposed Dunfermline solar farm covering a range of technical issues, as well as informal pre-application discussions with Fife Council planners .

“The feasibility studies have been positive and it has now been decided to prepare a full planning application in order to obtain planning permission for the proposed development.”

The proposal request is not the planning proposal itself. Rather, it serves as an indication to consult the public about the plans as the scope of the proposal is large.

To engage with the public, Ampyr intends to launch an online counseling platform on a new website, DunfermlineSolar.com, in lieu of a personal town hall event due to coronavirus restrictions.

The website will remain active for 12 weeks. During this time, locals can view and comment on the suggestions. Live video meetings with Ampyr representatives are also scheduled for tentative dates February 25 and March 25, daily at 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM.

It will not go live until the proposed advisory measures are approved by Fife Council officials. Local councils, councilors, MPs and MSPs will be contacted separately as legal consults to ensure their views are taken into account.

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