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Farmgen, the UK’s leading specialist in ‘energy farming’, will officially turn on its first Cumbrian £4 million plant later this week. The Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant at Dryholme Farm, near Silloth, will start supplying electricity to the national grid on Friday November 4.
The switch-on at 10.30am will mark a major milestone for farm-based AD energy production in Cumbria and for Farmgen’s £30 million UK expansion plans.
This latest project is part-funded by the private sector-led Nuclear Management Partners, as part of the Britain’s Energy Coast initiative. Farmgen has received a £350,000 grant from Nuclear Management Partners to help connect the green energy plant to the national grid.
Once up and running the plant will produce 1.2MW of electricity - enough continuous power for more than 2,200 homes - and will provide a significant boost to Cumbria’s rural economy.
The switch-on will be carried out by leading member of the European Parliament Sajjad Karim, who sits on the influential Industry Research and Energy Committee. He will be joined by green energy entrepreneur Simon Rigby, who is one of the founders of Farmgen and also a member of a long-standing farming family.
Mr Karim, who represents the North West of England in the European Parliament, has championed the use and development of renewable energy resources, especially in the North West.
Cumbria is playing a key part in Farmgen’s expansion programme. The company has received planning permission to build a second Cumbrian AD plant at High Head Castle Farm in Ivegill.