A PIONEERING new green gas scheme in Scotland is set to benefit farmers, homeowners and the environment. A new £10 million anaerobic digestion plant in the Borders will inject eco-friendly gas – made from locally grown grains – directly into the national supply network. The plant will generate enough energy to supply up to 4,000 homes, reducing reliance on non-renewable natural gas. An annual output of three million cubic metres of bio-methane is expected from 30,000 tonnes of wheat and rye. As well as producing sustainable fuel, the scheme offers a new source of income for farmers usually reliant on fluctuating agricultural markets. Growers are able to cultivate a fuel crop as part of the three-crop rotation required by the Common Agricultural Policy.