A”green energy plant” is continuing the tradition of electricity generation on a landmark site familiar to Sheffielders and commuters up and down the M1.
Construction is continuing apace on E.ON’s Blackburn Meadows renewable energy plant – returning electricity generation to the site of the former Tinsley power station.
Once it is in full operation towards the middle of 2014, it is anticipated that the renewable energy plant will support around 30 jobs and produce enough power for around 40,000 homes by converting UK-sourced recycled waste wood into electricity.
The plant will also displace the emissions of around 80,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, the equivalent of taking more than 20,000 cars off the UK’s roads each year, by burning carbon neutral fuel in place of traditional fossil fuels like coal and gas.
Steve Marsh from E.ON said Blackburn Meadows was just the latest of what was hoped to be a series of projects in and with the city and is the reason why the company is proud to sponsor the Environment Award in this year’s Sheffield Business Awards.
The company already has an office in the Dearne Valley near Rotherham and has committed to establishing a community fund worth up to £25,000 a year to support local projects over the lifetime of the plant to enhance the appearance and biodiversity of the area through landscaping.
The company is also constructing an onsite visitor centre, which will show how energy is produced as well as highlighting the industrial heritage of the iconic site.
Steve said: “This development is a great opportunity to make a contribution to South Yorkshire and the wider region’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“The UK’s energy mix is changing drastically as we move towards more renewable sources. Biomass power stations such as Blackburn Meadows will form a very important part of that low carbon solution.
“Alongside new generation technologies we have formed energy partnerships with local authorities throughout the UK, including Sheffield, to explore renewable energy technologies and improve energy efficiency.
“We are also looking at opportunities to supply heat to neighbouring commercial and industrial establishments, further boosting the project’s green status and efficiency.”