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Energy and climate change minister to open Sleaford renewable energy plant

Baroness Sandip Verma, junior minister for energy and climate change, will officially open Sleaford’s renewable energy plant later this month, the Sleaford Target has reported.

The plant started commercial operation in September and is the first straw burning combined heat and power plant to open in the UK.

It generates enough electricity to power 65,000 homes using sustainable fuel sources, saving 240,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.

In addition, as well as providing £285,000 of wellbeing funding that includes apprenticeships, a sustainability education fund and a £120,000 community fund, the surplus heat generated by the plant will be used for heating Sleaford’s public swimming pool, Sleaford Bowling Centre, Sleaford Town Football Club, William Alvey Primary School and North Kesteven District Council’s office.

It will be opened officially on 28 November.

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