MORE than 10,500 solar panels will be erected on Babcock's land at Rosyth Dockyard.

Their plans to use daylight for powering their industrial operations got the green light from Fife Council last week.

The defence firm's solar farms will consist of 8,738 ground-mounted and 'flat roof' solar panels, and there will also be 1,906 car port canopy panels to allow for electric vehicle charging.

Babcock said that, in total, the proposals will lead to a carbon reduction of more than 1,000 tonnes a year.

The convener of the west and central planning committee, Councillor David Barratt, said: "It's actually a good application that I would hope to see more of in the future, as they're making use of parcels of land that wouldn't be practical for other uses.

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"They'll be generating significant amounts of renewable energy on the back of it which will support the wider industrial estate.

"I think it's a really positive application."

Dunfermline Press: Two solar farms will be installed on land between Rosyth Dockyard and MoD Caledonia.Two solar farms will be installed on land between Rosyth Dockyard and MoD Caledonia. (Image: Babcock)

The application site is spread across 10.6 hectares and sits between the dockyard to the south and MoD Caledonia to the north.

It's made up of woodland, grassland, shrubbery, hedgerows and a disused car park.

A large area of trees and vegetation will be removed to facilitate the proposals, there will be "compensatory" planting elsewhere on the site, and a disused service building will be demolished.

There will be two areas of solar panels - 8,360 in the larger area and 378 in the smaller - with the car port panels being installed in a third area, an existing car park.

There will also be 16 inverters to convert the current, two substations, a vehicle service route and a pedestrian / cycle path through the site.

Babcock said the car port solar panels will help them shift towards a fleet of electric vehicles.

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The combined output would be 5.64 mega watts with an anticipated carbon dioxide saving of around 1,90 tonnes a year.

A report to the committee added: "Approval of the development would assist a local employer to reduce its electricity costs by generating its own power on-site and would result in a significant step towards Babcock's global plan to achieve net-zero emissions by ensuring significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Permission was granted for 40 years.