03 May 2011

On-farm power plant nears big switch-on - Your Renewable News (press release)

A FARM-based anaerobic digestion (AD) plant is approaching milestone in its £30 million expansion programme.

The £3m AD plant in Warton, Lancashire, will start producing electricity next month and official opening ceremony will take place on May 21.


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Run by Farmgen, Carr Farm will be its first operational power plant. It is also building a second ‘sister’ plant near Silloth and has submitted planning applications for two other operations in Cumbria.

High Street giant Marks and Spencer has signed a five-year contract to buy the energy generated from the Warton plant at a fixed price as part of its ‘Plan A’ commitment to procure more renewable energy from small-scale energy sources.

Farmgen’s chief operating officer Ed Cattigan said: “We firmly believe Carr Farm will point the way forward for future farm-based AD plants across the UK.”

Established in 2009, Farmgen has put together an impressive consortium of expert UK-based firms to deliver its first tranche of AD plants, including Carr Farm. The consortium includes leading members of the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA).

Source: Farmers Guardian

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