Work has started on a £5m combined heat and power (CHP) biomass plant in Dorset.
Eco Sustainable Solution’s facility in Parley is expected to be completed by March 2017 and will be capable of burning about 10,000 tonnes of oversize compost material annually.
Power generated from the biomass plant will be used for the company’s adjacent organics recycling facility, with any excess fed into the national grid.
Managing director Trelawney Dampney said: “Renewable energy is the way forward in terms of both meeting our climate change commitments and providing much-needed clean and green fuel.
“We already have one of the UK’s largest solar farms, covering about 380 acres, and this biomass plant is further evidence of our belief that renewable energy represents the future.”
Former MRW columnist Dampney (pictured) founded the company in 1993 and now employs 34 people with an annual turnover of £12m.
Eco currently handles 250,000 tonnes of organic material a year across four facilities, including its anaerobic digestion plant at Piddlehinton near Dorchester.