Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Investors in clean energy

CLEAN energy could be produced on the Mapledurham Estate.

CLEAN energy could be produced on the Mapledurham Estate.

Mapledurham Community Energy wants to turn the waste from cows at Park Farm into clean power.

Residents are being asked to invest in the project, which will create a communities fund for local groups of about £1million over its 20-year lifetime.

Planning permission has already been granted for an anaerobic digester at the estate which will turn cow slurry from the farm into biogas which will be burnt to produce heat and electricity to be used on the farm. The process involves mixing the slurry with plant material, which will be grown on the estate, and feeding it into a digester where bacteria generates the gas.

The group is offering people the chance to invest in the project, with a minimum investment of £500 and a maximum of £100,000.

Estate manager Robert Wytchard said: “Having lived and worked at Mapledurham for 26 years, I am delighted that we are launching a sustainable energy project that will both benefit the environment and help to fund community projects.”

Mark Ingersent, the herd manager at Park Farm, said: “The plant is great news for animals and staff as it goes a huge way towards underpinning the sustainability of milk production at Mapledurham in these extremely difficult times.”

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