The man behind plans to build a combined heat and power plant in Halfway says it could be the first of a series of projects to build ‘green’ power stations serving local areas in Sheffield.
If the £20 million project gets the go-ahead from Sheffield City Council, following consultations with local residents and businesses, the new plant could take a year to build, creating 30 construction jobs in the process.
Once it was up and running, the plant would need six permanent staff to operate it, in addition to creating a similar number of new jobs with suppliers.
The plant would generate enough electricity to power 7,500 homes as well as heat for local residents and businesses, and would prevent 18,000 tonnes of CO2 being released into the atmosphere each year.
“Imagine 18,000 hot air balloons flying above Holbrook each year,” says Stephen Brooks from UYE (UK), the company behind the project.
But Mr Brooks doesn’t want to stop there. Finance for the first plant has already been secured from commercial sources and he believes that if it secures planning permission it would open the way to a much broader stream of funding.
“We think this is a project we can be proud of. We want to deliver this one first, but we would love to see it as the start of something bigger.
“I honestly think Sheffield has built up a fantastic reputation over the last 25 years as an innovative, green city and I believe using locally sourced biofuels to supply a local and decentralised energy system is the next step.
“We have a further three projects that we would like to look at. The fuel is available for them and if we can demonstrate success with this, we would certainly like to develop those.”