Farmer revives biogas power plant idea for Lincolnshire village
Lincolnshire Echo Tuesday, August 21, 2012
A plan to install a community biogas plant in a Lincolnshire town has been revived.
And people in Caistor will be able to buy cheaper electricity – if the scheme goes ahead.
A study initially found there was not enough suitable waste available from the town’s industrial estate to power the system.
But a farmer from the area has come forward to breathe life back into the project.
After submitting the proposal to a Government funding competition, the organisers have been chosen as one of seven finalists to receive advice and cash.
Peter Sanderson, of Sustainable Caistor, one of the organisations behind the idea, said the project was for the benefit of the community.
“Wouldn’t it be fantastic if the people could buy clean electricity from their own local green energy plant at a price cheaper than the normal tariff?” he said.
“They would be helping to combat climate change, supporting the local agricultural economy and saving money all at the same time.”
The farm will power its biogas plant with food waste or crops grown on its estate.
The electricity it generates would then be sold to a green energy company in return for reduced bills for Caistor residents. The more homes that sign up to buy their power from the source, the cheaper the tariff will be.
The organisations behind the biogas scheme have formed the Caistor Energy Partnership.
A poll showed 80 per cent of the community supported the scheme.
And Mr Sanderson says the idea could be repeated elsewhere in the county.
“Going green has never looked so good,” he said.
As part of its funding application for the Government’s “Buy Better Together Challenge” the group had to present a Dragon’s Den-style pitch.
More than 100 applicants were whittled down to seven, who are now receiving help to develop their proposals further.
The final plan will submitted in October before judges pick the winner in November.
“It was a bit like Dragons Den in that we had to go down to London to pitch our idea to a panel of six people,” said Mr Sanderson.
The Caistor Energy Partnership includes members from the Town Council, Caistor Development Trust, Sustainable Caistor, Groundwork Lincolnshire, Caistor’s Neighbourhood Plan working group and the Lincolnshire Cooperative Development Agency.
Source: This is Lincolnshire