Diageo in green spirits after securing approval for Fife solar farm

The owner of brands including Johnnie Walker, Ketel One, Tanqueray, Baileys and Guinness is developing a 9,000-panel solar farm within its Leven packaging site starting in July

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Drinks giant Diageo has secured planning permission for a major new solar energy farm in Fife, Scotland.

The owner of brands including Johnnie Walker, Ketel One, Tanqueray, Baileys and Guinness will be developing a 9,000-panel solar farm within its Leven packaging site starting in July.

The 4.1MW project will generate enough electricity to power 2,500 homes a year and reduce 850 tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

It will provide up to 22% of the site’s annual electricity needs and up to 60% of power during the summer months.

The project supports Diageo’s ambition to become net zero and generate 100% renewable energy by 2030.

Gavin Brogan, Operations Director at Diageo Leven said: “It’s fantastic to make this project a reality, creating a more resilient and energy efficient plant. Working in partnership with E.ON and Emtec Energy, the solar array will generate nearly a quarter of our annual energy use and is a fantastic step forward towards meeting our net zero commitments.

Diageo is well-rooted in Leven and we are committed to playing a positive role in our local community so we will continue to invest in projects like this one to improve our impact on the environment and future-proof our operations. We have a number of those projects in the pipeline, including looking into sustainable heating solutions which the solar farm development will help to power.”

The solar farm is scheduled to be completed and start generating electricity by early 2023.