The project is focused on developing an anaerobic digester in the two towns to help break down biodegradable material.
Having successfully secured £40,000 through the Rural Community Energy Fund, the community interest company carried out a feasibility study with two strong options identified. The first focused on transforming biogas to biomethane for grid injection or use as transport fuel. The second would host a combined heat and power engine, generating electricity for the national grid and supplying heat to the local community.
It is envisaged the project will create local jobs, local businesses will improve their carbon footprint and any surplus generated from this project will be reinvested into future energy excellence projects in the area.
The community has rallied behind the project, with 78% of local people coming out in favour of the ideas. Projections also show it is likely to create a minimum of 14 new local jobs. Those behind the project hope it will be a beacon for educating visitors on the circular economy, championing ‘Zero food waste from Yorkshire’s food capital’.
A bid for further funding has been submitted to help move the project towards delivery. A total of £100,000 is sought to create a robust business plan and feedstock strategy. The work will incorporate site specific details, including designs, layout, access and energy offtake arrangements. The work will also identify sources of finance, ownership and operational arrangements and secure the necessary planning consents to enable the development to proceed.
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