Planning granted for new green energy plant
Gwynedd Council has granted planning permission for green energy company BiogenGreenfinch to build and operate a new anaerobic digestion plant at Llwyn Isaf, Caernarfon.
The 11,000 tonne per year plant will process the weekly collected food waste (from Gwynedd households) by means of anaerobic digestion diverting some of the food waste that currently goes to landfill. The plant will generate 3,500 megawatt hours per year of renewable electricity for the national grid – enough to power the homes in nearby Penygroes continually for a year. The biofertiliser produced as part of the process will be put to good use on local farmland.
BiogenGreenfinch met with schoolchildren and villagers from Clynnog Fawr, near Caernarfon at a special event the previous week to detail its plans for a food waste recycling plant at a former landfill site. Children from Ysgol Brynaerau had fun viewing a model of an anaerobic digester and taking part in a green energy quiz, whilst more than 50 people visited to learn more about the plans and chat to representatives from BiogenGreenfinch.
Richard Barker, Chief Executive at BiogenGreenfinch, said: “The event proved extremely successful, with visitors to the exhibition genuinely interested in our plans for an anaerobic digester. We are very pleased with the Council’s decision to approve the plans for the AD plant and are keen to start on the construction and of course to work alongside Gwynedd Council to help it promote its recycling message.”