£150m plant leads green energy drive

Templeborough Biomass Power Plant
Templeborough Biomass Power Plant
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A surge in renewable energy projects is helping South Yorkshire go green - with millions of pounds worth of solar, wind and biomass schemes set to power thousands of homes.

Work has started on a £150m biomass energy plant off Sheffield Road at Ickles in Rotherham.

Set to open in August 2017, it will burn 250,000 tonnes of waste wood a year and power 78,000 homes.

The site is being developed by Templeborough Biomass Power Plant Ltd, which is owned by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.

Tim Forrest, of TBPP, said they had spent six months cleaning up the site, which operated as a steel works from 1871 until recently.

He added: “The construction teams have been working hard since March and they have now progressed the project to the point where we are starting to see the buildings take shape right across the site.

“We’re still on course for an opening in late summer 2017 and hope that everyone in the community around the site will be as excited as we are to see the plant progressing and to make sure we all benefit from this new local industry.”

Meanwhile, plans for a 5MW solar farm on the site of a landmark wind farm in Rotherham are being recommended for approval.

Banks Renewables is looking to install the scheme at its Penny Hill site at the junction of the M1 and M18.

EDF Energy Renewables has just opened Park Spring wind farm near Grimethorpe in Barnsley.

The three-turbine project is set to power 4,600 homes.

Last month, a £2.1m hydroelectric power plant opened on the River Don in Rotherham to provide electricity for 300 homes.

Developed by Barn Energy and Yorkshire Hydropower, the plant at Thrybergh Weir on the River Don, near Kilnhurst is said to be the largest such plant commissioned in the UK in the last three years.

In Sheffield, UYE (UK) is building a £30m wood burning power station on Holbrook industrial estate at Halfway. It will include a district heating system linked to homes.