A £3 million funding scheme to help English farmers set up anaerobic digestion (AD) plants on their land has been launched.
The On-Farm Anaerobic Digestion Fund is administered by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and is intended to address various barriers to the development of AD plants on farms, such as access to finance. To be eligible for the fund, a farmer must have access to slurries or manures and have plans to build an AD plant on their land that produces up to 250 kilowatts (kW) of power.
Two types of funding are available: grants of up to £10,000 to fund the development of a business plan to assess the environmental and economic impact of building an AD plant on the farm; and capital loans of up to £400,000 (or a maximum of 50% of the project costs) for development of the AD plant.
Farmers can apply for a loan without having received a grant, although they will need to have a business plan, and be able to match the value of the loan using other sources of finance, in order to be considered for funding. WRAP began accepting applications for loans in April 2014, while applications for grants have been accepted since October 2013. By January 2014, WRAP had already received around 400 enquiries concerning the availability of grants.
Launching the AD Fund, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said: “Dealing with waste and recycling properly is good for the environment and can boost economic growth and create jobs. This funding provides an opportunity for farmers across the country to consider whether AD technology is right for their farms in order to cut waste, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and recycle valuable nutrients back to the land.”
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