The UK’s largest Anaerobic Digestion Plant has announced that it is to receive funding from the WRAP Organics Capital Grant Fund and Future Energy Yorkshire

The UK’s largest Anaerobic Digestion Plant has announced that it is to receive funding from the WRAP Organics Capital Grant Fund and Future Energy Yorkshire towards construction of phase one of the £20 million anaerobic digestion plant. The plant will create 40 jobs on site, as well as generating 8 MW of energy and will have a capacity to treat 165,000 tonnes of food waste per year which would otherwise have been sent to landfill sites.

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Selby Renewable Energy Park will receive £1.7 million from WRAP through its Organics Capital Grant Fund. The fund aims to significantly increase the available processing capacity for source-segregated food waste which would otherwise be disposed of to landfill.Future Energy Yorkshire, which is funded by Yorkshire Forward has supported the Selby plant , through its Grid Connected Renewables funding stream with an investment of £750,000. This funding was committed early to the project, enabling other sources of investment to be secured.

Jemma Benson, Funding Manager, Future Energy Yorkshire comments

“Future Energy Yorkshire sees the Selby Renewable Energy Park as an important development for the region. Through generating renewable electricity it will contribute to carbon emission reduction targets, create new jobs and divert waste from landfill. With this in mind it was an ideal project for us to invest in.”

“The first stage of the anaerobic digester will save nearly 20,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, significantly contributing to regional greenhouse gas emission targets, while also helping to meet the remit of Future Energy Yorkshire.”

The repayment of the investment will enable more renewable energy projects to be supported in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

FEY have been involved in the project from initial concept, in particular identifying the Selby site as prime for development of an AD plant. This service is available for other renewable energy developers looking to locate in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Shaun Flynn, Business Development Manager for Selby Renewable Energy Park comments:

“The funding from both WRAP and Future Energy Yorkshire has been essential to us in enabling this project to get the go ahead. Without this support it would have been difficult to secure the investment given the current economic climate. Once the FEY monies have been repaid the support can be made available to other projects.”

Jim Farmery, Assistant Director of Yorkshire Forward commented; “Yorkshire Forward funds Future Energy Yorkshire to support energy projects that will deliver significant greenhouse gas savings and economic benefits to the region and the anaerobic digester at Selby Renewable Energy Park is an excellent example of this.”

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