Manchester based renewable energy company Imperative Energy has announced that Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council has granted the company planning consent to build a 17.75MWe biomass fired combined heat and power plant at Pendigo Way, Solihull.
This £70m investment will generate heat and power for a number of local energy users.
Imperative Energy has over 60 biomass installations across Ireland and the UK and its major shareholder is the Northwest Fund for Energy & Environment, a European Investment Bank and European Regional development Fund backed fund, managed by 350Investment Partners LLP.
Imperative Energy managing director Joe O’Carroll outlined the benefits of the project: “In addition to the 140 jobs during the initial 2.5 years construction phase of this landmark, low-carbon energy centre, 25 new and sustainable high skill jobs will be created to operate the plant. Over the life of the plant £420m will be spent on local good and services.”
The project will use c130,000 tonnes of local sourced wastewood which is normally landfilled or exported for energy generation in Scandinavia.