Energy and Climate Change Minister Baroness Verma will officially open Sleaford’s straw-burning Renewable Energy Plant on Friday November 28.
Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant, owned by investment company Glennmont Partners and managed by Eco2, entered commercial operation in September as the first straw burn combined heat and power plant in the UK.
The minister will first visit North Kesteven District Council offices in Sleaford before taking a tour of the Boston Road plant and will unveil a commemorative plaque.
The £165m plant generates enough electricity to power 65,000 homes, saving 240,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum, helping achieve UK renewable energy targets. The plant’s fuel is secured mainly from farms within a 50-mile radius of Sleaford. Ash produced will be recycled as fertiliser.
As well as providing £285,000 of well-being funding which includes apprenticeships, a sustainability education fund and a £120,000 community fund; the surplus heat generated by the plant is harnessed and will be used for heating Sleaford’s public swimming pool, Sleaford Indoor Bowling Centre, Sleaford Town Football Club, William Alvey Primary School, and North Kesteven District Council’s office in the town.
It now supports more than 50 local jobs including 30 on-site operatives and an additional 20 through fuel source logistics.