Plan for hub project in Levenmouth

Community groups in Leven have given their support to a Fife Council funding bid which could see massive expansion in the hydrogen sector in Fife.

MyBus Community Transport and Leven Community Group met with Beverly Whiting, lead officer in renewables, and Iain Todd, a renewable energy consultant based at Fife Energy Park in Methil, to hear about the ambitious plans which could be put into motion in just two months.

The project, entitled Levenmouth Community Energy Project, is a brand new plan to increase the use of hydrogen within the local renewables sector.

If awarded the funds, which could be in the region of £4 million, the Council plans to purchase a fleet of 25 hydrogen vehicles (retaining around 10 and leasing the rest), create new hydrogen refuelling sites in Methil and Bankhead in Glenrothes, and create a zero carbon electricity grid at the Energy Park using Poppy the turbine and a 200kW solar PV.

Plans for an educational and activities programme have also been included in the bid.

The funding application has been made as part of the Local Energy Challenge Fund, a pot of £20m which will be shared between six successful schemes around the country.

The Council has already been successful in its stage one bid - having beat off competition from over 100 other projects - and is now one of 17 groups which will be considered for a share of the final handout.

Fife Council has also been in talks with Leven Valley Development Trust about setting up a community fund which would dispense funds created by the project.

The local authority must submit its final bid by February 6, and the winning projects will be announced in March.

Barbara said: “This project will help to put Levenmouth even more on the map through the expansion at the energy park, and of course, through the small community fund which will be dedicated to the benefit of the community.”

Iain added: “I think there’s a lot of job creating potential her for future sectors in new types of work - converting vehicles, producing fertiliser. It’s a really exciting opportunity.”

Mary Parry, manager of MyBus, said: “This is just so exciting. It’s such a fantastic scheme which would really put Levenmouth on the map.”

Anyone who wishes to find out more can go to www.localenergyscotland.org/ or contact Barbara on 03451 55 55 55 ext 492184, or email barbara.whiting@fife.gov.uk.