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Northampton's new energy scheme gets minister's backing

Energy minister Andrea Leadsom has backed a community energy scheme being set up in Northampton.

The Northampton Community Energy Scheme will use advanced conversion technology for non-recyclable waste generated in the county.

The energy will be sold to businesses and for household heating by the Caring Community Energy Company, a community interest company, with profits reinvested locally.

The scheme at the Westbridge Depot site in Northampton has been set up by Rolton Kilbride, which says it is a UK-first to join up waste and energy strategies, creating low-cost, sustainable heat and power.

Formal public consultation will take place in the new year.

Leadsom, pictured with Rolton Kilbride’s managing director Andrew Needham and director Peter Rolton, said it was a “top priority” for the Government to provide secure, clean and affordable energy.

“Localised energy generation is an important part of a secure future for UK power supply. Rolton Kilbride is exploring ways to do just that and I’m keen to follow the progress of projects like the Northampton Community Energy Scheme.”

Her visit to the town follows the launch of Rolton Kilbride at the House of Commons in November, combining Rolton Group, a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy, and Kilbride Infrastructure, which specialises in development and infrastructure.

Rolton said: “Now more than ever, the UK needs a reliable source of energy. Through joining up waste and power strategies a long-term solution can be found which also brings benefits to local communities.”

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