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Renewable energy plant proposals submitted

A new renewable energy power plant capable of providing electricity to 125 homes could potentially be built near Cricklade, Swindon.

If planning officers see no reason to object to the proposals then the 500kW electricity plant will be constructed at the Kingshill Recycling Centre site.

Jeremy Freeth, director of Thamesdown Recycling, which owns the site, has submitted a planning application to Wiltshire Council.

If successful the plans would involve an anaerobic digester being built, which is a machine that takes food waste such as yoghurt, jam, soft drinks and alcohol to produce electricity, heat and water.

This would generate up to 500kW of electricity and heat every hour, which would be put on to the national grid.

Meanwhile, the heat would be used in the existing recycling centre and the water has been approved for release into local water courses.

Tony Kernon, agent for the applicant, revealed that the plant would provide a number of new job and education opportunities along with no environmental impact.

He said: “The objective of the proposal is to produce power in a renewable manner, utilising existing waste supplies and converting that into electricity and heat to use on site and to feed into the grid.

“This will be a clean form of renewable energy that will not smell, will not create noise, causes no identifiable environmental or unacceptable landscape harm and which will reduce by over 800 vehicles per year the HGV traffic using the site.

“It could provide educational opportunities as it will be one of the early AD units in the area.”