Sleaford MP’s ‘fascinating’ tour of straw burning power plant

Caroline Johnson MP with Glennmonts Peter Dickson.
Caroline Johnson MP with Glennmonts Peter Dickson.

Sleaford’s newly elected MP has been given a tour of the town’s straw-fired power station.

Caroline Johnson visited the Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant, in Boston Road, on Friday, to see how the facility generates electricity for local homes and businesses and meet those behind its operation.

During her visit, Dr Johnson was briefed about how straw – the main fuel for the plant – is procured, stored, and delivered to the plant and was told about the wide-ranging support that the Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant has given to community organisations and projects since it entered operation in 2014; most recently, this has been financial support to upgrade broadband connectivity in Kirkby la Thorpe.

Dr Johnson said: “It was my first visit to the Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant; it was fascinating to see how electricity is produced from straw that is mainly sourced from farms in the region.

“I was also impressed by the level of support that [owners] Glennmont Partners and the Sleaford plant have given to local community projects, large and small – in Sleaford and Kirkby-la-Thorpe. All told, it was a most interesting visit.”