West Sussex considers new energy deals

May 31st, 2013 Category: Building Management

A deal to deliver West Sussex County Council’s Green Deal programme, worth up to £750 million, has gone up for tender as news breaks of a new biofuel plant in Edgeley.

West Sussex is showing a clear ambition to improve the county’s environmental record after two new developments were confirmed this week that will lead to energy saving practices being implemented and environmentally-friendly fuel sources being built.

Funding for a new energy saving plan has been released and firms will be competing for between £75m and £750 million to deliver the council’s Green Deal programme. The contract will be supplied to firms which can deliver energy efficiency improvements, domestic energy generation and other utility saving measures that reduce energy consumption.

The announcement came as plans to build a £20 million biofuel plant in West Sussex took a leap forward after the local council gave the green light to the scheme. The 32MW plant will be fuelled by vegetable and plant oils, as well as animal fats which are not fit for human consumption. It is expected to meet the government's biofuel sustainability criteria allowing it to secure tradable Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs).

Mike Reynolds, Edgeley Green Power chief executive, said: “Projects such as this are important because they contribute to the security of energy supply and will create local jobs,

“The planning authority properly looked into local people's concerns about the fuel source and possible environmental aspects and found the scheme to be both safe and sustainable.”

For businesses in the area concerned about their impact on the environment, hiring an eco-friendly cleaning contractor is a great way of polishing the firm’s green credentials.