Shadow Farming Minister Angela Smith MP dropped into Sleaford to see for herself how straw is being used to power 65,000 homes and provide an extra income stream for local farmers.
Paying a visit to Sleaford Renewal Energy Plant (REP), on Boston Road, she called it ‘a beacon power plant for the UK’.
The energy plant is nearing its first full year of operation and provides free heating to the Sleaford offices of North Kesteven District Council, the William Alvey Primary School, Sleaford Leisure Centre and the town’s football club and indoor bowling centre.
The MP said: “I was extremely impressed with how a by-product is being turned into both an income for local farmers and renewable energy.
It is a win-win project especially with the added community benefits which collectively means that Sleaford REP is a beacon power plant for the UK.”
Peter Dickson, partner of Glennmont Partners (the owners of Sleaford REP), added: “We were delighted to welcome the Shadow Farming Minister to our flagship project in Sleaford.
“Biomass fired power generation is the only baseload renewable energy technology and at a time of stress in the UK generation portfolio it provides much needed capacity.”