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Plans for £7m biogas plant to go on show

Plans to build one of the UK’s largest renewable energy parks in Christchurch are to be unveiled to the public, the Bournemouth Daily Echo has reported.

Eco Sustainable Solutions, based at Parley, said the revolutionary scheme will cost a minimum of £36m and create up to 10 new jobs.

The company has already received planning permission for a £14m biomass generating station on its existing composting site at Parley.

Work on building the plant, which will be fuelled by 25,000 tonnes of waste wood, is due to start early next year and is expected to be operational in mid-2014.

It will provide approximately 23,600 MW of electricity each year.

Eco is also proposing to build a £7m biogas plant that will convert 45,000 tonnes of food waste and locally sourced maize into gas.

The anaerobic digester facility will produce about 4.4 m cubic metres of gas annually which the company estimates will provide 3,000 homes-worth of energy.

A planning application has been submitted and, if approved, work could start next year. The final part of the renewable energy park is a solar energy farm covering up to 125 acres of land.

The cost of the solar farm will range from £15m to as much as £100m depending on the final size of the scheme. A planning application has yet to be prepared.

Details of the biomass, AD and solar farm schemes will go on show at a public open day at Eco’s Chapel Lane on 15 September from 9am to 2pm.

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