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Praise for Sleaford district heating

Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant has hosted a visit by shadow farming minister Angela Smith MP.

It took place as the plant approaches its first full year of operation, according to the Sleaford Advertiser.

The facility provides free heating to a variety of premises, including the local offices of North Kesteven District Council, the William Alvey Primary School, Sleaford Leisure Centre and the town’s football club and indoor bowling centre.

Another benefit is that the plant is powered by straw sourced from local farms, which provides an extra revenue stream for farmers, Ms Smith was informed.

“I was extremely impressed with how a by-product is being turned into both an income for local farmers and renewable energy,” she said.

“It is a win-win project, especially with the added community benefits that collectively mean that Sleaford REP is a beacon power plant for the UK.”

Partner of Glennmont Partners (owner of Sleaford REP) said: “Biomass-fired power generation is the only baseload renewable energy technology, and at a time of stress in the UK generation portfolio it provides much needed capacity.”