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Imperative Energy secures planning consent for biomass CHP and district heating project

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.

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