Million pound farm project to convert waste into green electricity

A MILLION pound renewable energy project at a Herefordshire farm will see waste turned into green electricity.

The Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant which is positioned close to the Welsh border will create sustainable energy from existing farm waste, turning it into green electricity for use on the farm with excess energy to be sold to the National Grid.

The exact position of the farm has not been revealed for security reasons.

The construction of the plant is now underway and, once complete in spring 2016, will create a new income stream for the farm, introducing more efficient ways of working and supporting the growth of the renewables sector.

Partner and agricultural expert at Cheltenham based Knights, Sarah Denney-Richards led the project and is working closely with partners from the commercial, property, finance and construction teams to complete the work on behalf of the client within six months.

  Sarah Denney-Richards who led the project for the £1 million development

Sarah Denney-Richards who led the project for the £1 million development

Mrs Denney-Richards said: “These types of projects require a high level of co-operation and understanding between the various parties involved in financing, constructing and operating the AD Plant, so we have been using our knowledge and expertise at managing complex transactions to ensure that everything comes together at the right time in readiness for construction.

“The AD plant demonstrates how farmers and other businesses can diversify and use by-products of their existing work to generate power and an additional source of income. We have helped a number of clients in the agricultural sector successfully on AD projects and on major renewable energy projects across the UK.”