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Energy farms set for Cumbria

In the UK two projects that will see Cumbrian farmers producing renewable energy from agricultural materials have been granted planning permission.

These projects will generate electricity from manure and energy crops using anaerobic digester (AD) units.

Community Renewable Energy North West (CoRE NW) is planning to develop a group of energy farms, the first of which is the Blackdyke energy farm in Silloth. Another firm, Lancashire-based Farmgen, is also working on a project in Silloth that will use maize and silage to produce energy.

These two schemes will use AD units, where biogas is then used to create sustainable heat and electricity for the animal housing and other buildings near the farm. A fertiliser is also created.

Envirolink Northwest is the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) funded organisation whose aim is to develop the Northwest of England’s environmental technology and services sector by making it a competitive force to provide sustainable solutions to environmental problems.

Joe Martin, the manager at Envirolink Northwest said: ‘Both projects represent a major step forward for renewable energy and the rural economy in our region and we are extremely pleased that our part funding and support has helped with the planning application process for both.’