Biogas energy plans move one step closer

A RENEWABLE enery power station could soon be built in Caistor.

Caistor Energy Partnership and Groundwork Lincolnshire have won funding to look into constructing a biogas plant.

A biogas plant (also known as an anaerobic digester) turns waste into heat, electricity and fertiliser.

Many such plants operate around the UK, and are even more popular on the continent.

Peter Sanderson of Sustainable Caistor said: “This great project would use locally generated waste to make low-carbon electricity and it will help to safeguard jobs by making the energy supply to the industrial estate more secure and reliable.

“Some of the profits will fund energy efficiency improvements to public and domestic buildings in the town, so everyone will benefit”.

A public consultation on the plans will be held at the Methodist Hall in Caistor on Saturday, March 17 between 11am and 2pm.

Charles Cooke, of Lincolnshire CDA, said: “There are many examples where local people have come together to buy shares in local renewable energy production.

“The shares often yield a significant financial return. We will present examples of good practice so Caistor residents can decide if they would invest in such a project.”

A renewable energy plant would require planning permission. The Caistor Neighbourhood Plan frontrunner project needs to establish what future development is required in the town.

Andy Gutherson, of Caistor Neighbourhood Plan steering group, said: “The timing of this funding award is ideal to establish the credibility of a biogas plant.

“The Neighbourhood Plan could reflect the ambition for such a facility and earmark potential sites.

“It’s Caistor’s Neighbourhood Plan so I would encourage people to attend the event and make their views known.”

Anyone wanting to know more about the biogass plant plans can go along to the consultation event or contact project manager Vicky Dunn at Groundwork Lincolnshire on 0845 026 7971, or by email at vicky.dunn@groundwork.org.uk .