Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent MercuryHow marvellous it is to be able to report on some good local news on the energy front rather than the horrors that would ensue from fracking for shale gas should it ever come to pass at Woodnesborough.
There are plans to develop a biomass combined heat and power plant on the former Pfizer site near Sandwich. This will lead to 40 new permanent jobs and supply the Discovery Park with renewable heat and electricity. The fuel to be used is woodchip from local forestry and woodland and is made from the waste after the wood has been processed.
Plans are also in the pipeline for a solar power plant on the site of the old Tilmanstone Colliery. The solar energy array will generate up to 10MWp of electricity, enough to supply 2,300 homes. The panels will be sited on the levelled colliery waste in rows facing south which will minimise views from the local area. Also on the site will be 16 industrial units that could provide 150 jobs.
Attached to the site of the old Richborough Power station where the electricity generated by the offshore wind turbines is fed into the National Grid, is the Richborough Energy Park. Here is sited an anaerobic digestion plant where waste food and other biomass is broken down by microscopic organisms, without oxygen, to produce methane. Methane can either be burnt to produce electricity or be piped directly into gas mains to be used in a domestic situation. Victoria Nicholls. DWI Transition Deal.