St Andrews University is ramping up its commitment to renewable energy by unveiling plans for a major facility near to its campus.

The Scottish university is looking to reduce it utility bills significantly with the creation of £25 million "green" centre. Officials had been concerned that St Andrews' rising electricity costs could deter investors from contributing to teaching and research that the institute has become renowned for over the years.

St Andrews' new energy project is set to be situated at Guardbridge and is designed to generate power through wood-fuelled biomass. The development would be able to pump hot water from the site the institute's campus allowing easier heating and cooling of labs and residences. The development has been described as a "major strategic step" for the university and will help to reduce its monthly expenditure on energy bills.

Speaking about the development, Derek Watson, St Andrews University factor, said: "We are committed to becoming carbon neutral and this large industrial site lends itself to the creation of a range of renewable energies which are vital to our efforts to remain one of Europe's leading research institutions."

In order to bring the project to fruition St Andrews is set to receive a £10 million grant from the Scottish Funding Council which will ensure that the development has the financial backing to get it off the ground. The plans at the university are in keeping with Scotland's growing presence within renewable energy across Europe.

The country is home to a series of wind farms both onshore and offshore. Due to its location Scotland provides the perfect setting to harness wind power and has already set up a series of developments across the country. The Clyde Wind Farm in Abington, South Lanarkshire, is set to be the biggest onshore site in Europe with a capacity of creating 548 megawatt once completed.

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