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Deputy First Minister John Swinney today marked the official start of construction work on the University of St Andrews’ £25 million green energy centre. Over the next 12 months a state-of-the-art biomass facility, using only wood from sustainable local forests, will be installed on the site of the former paper mill at Guardbridge. Hot water from the plant will be pumped 4 miles underground to heat and cool laboratories and student residences in St Andrews. The project, which will help to regenerate north east Fife, will create more than 225 jobs during the construction phase with the University pledging apprenticeships and local companies encouraged to bid for sub-contracts. Alongside plans for a six-turbine wind power development at Kenly to the east of St Andrews, the Guardbridge scheme will support a strategic drive by St Andrews to become the United Kingdom’s first carbon-neutral university for energy.