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'First' biomass plant to supply 100 percent village energy

Plans to potentially generate the total energy supply for a UK village with 100 per cent sustainable electricity have been submitted.

Sustainable woodchip supplier for the biomass industry, Ahs Energy, has proposed to build a biomass CHP plant in Northiam, Sussex, which will power the whole village.

Ahs managing director Nick Guest said: The proposed plant represents a fantastic opportunity for Ahs to be part of the drive to reduce the UKs carbon footprint. Woodchip would be sourced from supplies across the South East, and Ahs will be working with local tree surgeons, forestry companies and private landowners, encouraging new woodland management and supporting local initiatives to encourage coppicing as a source of fuel supply, which in turn will lead to new employment opportunities.

Mainly recovered wood would fuel the plant giving it a thermal capacity of 16MW and generating around 4.5MW of electricity. The plant would be able to power 6,000 homes equating to 16 per cent of the household power requirements in the district. Northiam has a population of around 2,000 residents.


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