Mitie Group has been appointed to develop and operate an energy centre for Scotland’s largest self sufficient community.
The energy facility will produce power from waste wood to provide heating and hot water to more than 1,200 homes in Cardenden, Fife.
Located 1 km from the centre of the town, the centre will be built within a 1,800 sq m structure with a low roof.
The project, which is currently going through the planning process, will involve laying over 25 km of pre-insulated pipework to form a heat network from the energy centre to homes and buildings.
About 50 local jobs will be created during the construction of the energy centre, and up to 12 permanent positions will exist when the centre is up and running.
Mike Tivey, managing director of Mitie’s Asset Management business, said: “This is a really progressive and exciting project that will bring secure, green and affordable energy to the Cardenden community, as well as support Scotland’s renewable targets.
“The new energy centre will bring tangible economic benefits to the local community through both the creation of new jobs and cheaper fuel bills for local residents.”