We have started construction of a new £5.5 million substation in Dunfermline – Scotland’s newest city – which will support its new, all-electric Learning Campus as well as new housing developments.
The investment comes from Ofgem’s Green Recovery Fund, which supports green projects that are driving the nation towards Net Zero by enabling investments in major infrastructure to strengthen the network for an all-electric future.
The substation, located near Halbeath Retail Park, will be the first of this scale in Fife for more than 20 years and will support the new Dunfermline Learning Campus being developed by Fife Council and Fife College. The campus will provide state-of-the-art facilities for St Columba’s RC High School, Woodmill High School and Fife College.
The substation will also support major new housing developments in the north-east of Dunfermline.
The increased network capacity provided by the substation will make it easier for people to connect green energy solutions like heat pumps and electric vehicles. It will also help better manage demand on the existing network.
Ross Galbraith, our District General Manager for Fife (pictured above, left), said: “It’s really exciting to be launching a major network investment project like this in Scotland’s newest city, which will support more renewable energy coming on to the grid. Our new substation will make a real difference for residents, businesses and communities alike, supporting them to make the switch to EVs, all-electric heating and a clean energy future.
“Our project will ensure no community is left behind as we deliver a fair and just transition to Net Zero and I’m especially proud that it will power the future education of local people through the city’s new all-electric Learning Campus”.
Dr Hugh Hall, Principal at Fife College, said: “We're incredibly ambitious about what we want to achieve with the Dunfermline Learning Campus. Not only do we want the campus to provide world-class facilities for our students and our partners, we are keen that the building itself reflects the latest developments in low energy and Net Zero.
“Our positive engagement with SP Energy Networks around the new substation, as well as our participation in the Pathfinder Project to achieve the ‘Net Zero Public Buildings Standard’, are key to helping us realise our ambition of creating the first Net Zero tertiary education building in Scotland”.
Councillor Altany Craik, Fife Council’s spokesperson for Finance, Economy and Strategic Planning (pictured above), said: “We continue to work closely with SP Energy Networks and welcome their support and investment which facilitates planned new development in the area”.
Work on the substation is expected to be completed in December this year.
SP Energy Networks owns and manages overhead and underground powerlines in Central and Southern Scotland as well as Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and North Shropshire.