Devon farmer Louise Down has strengthened her green credentials even further after South Molton-based Source Renewable installed solar panels to power her chicken barn. Forty solar PV panels on the barn’s roof now provide carbon-free electricity for her 4,000 chickens, powering everything from the belts carrying eggs to the ventilation system and lighting.
Using crops grown for the specific purpose of feeding a digester, the £4M Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant at Dryholme Farm, near Silloth is producing around 1.2MW of electricity. This project is part-funded by Nuclear Management Partners, through Britain’s Energy Coast. Farmgen has received a £350,000 grant from Nuclear Management Partners to help connect the green energy plant to the national grid.
Plans to turn parts of the Lake District into a ‘hub for sustainable transport’ will bring 100 new jobs to the area, according to Cumbria County Council. A £5m government project has gained another £2m from operators in the area, bringing the budget to £6.9m.The four year plan will see new public transport and better traffic management to tackle congestion, the council said. The money will be spent on joining up passenger transport services, creating safe networks for walking, cycling and wheelchair use and also developing a system of pay-as-you-go electric bikes and low-carbon vehicles for hire. It will take place across the tourist hot spots of Windermere, Bowness, Coniston, Ambleside, Grasmere and Kendal.
The Lake District’s biggest hydro-electric project has been installed using a small weir on a tributary of the River Duddon. The £1.5 million scheme located at Logan Gill was one of the first renewable energy schemes in the UK to benefit from the feed-in tariff. The development has been undertaken by Ellergreen Hydro based in Kendal. Logan Gill – a 450kW scheme – was conceived and designed locally by specialist hydro consultants Inter Hydro, built by local contractors, and using a hydro-electric turbine made by Gilkes of Kendal, who have been global hydro industry leaders for over 150 years. It was financed by The Co-operative Bank, which has dedicated expertise in supporting small to medium scale renewable energy projects. Other schemes in Cumbria by Ellergreen Hydro include:
- Docker Nook – a 15kW Micro Hydro Scheme on a hill farm.
- Kilnstones – a 30kW project on a farm in Longsleddale.
- Kentmere Hall – a 60kW high head scheme on an historic hill farm.
- Burnside – a 100kW project on the River Kent using an Archimedes Screw to produce power for a paper mill.
- Broad Oak – a 100kW farm diversification scheme.
- Cunsey Beck – a 60kW scheme to revive an old water mill.