PLANS for a £4m renewable energy plant have been given the go ahead by Hampshire County Council.
L&S Waste Management has received planning approval for the construction of the plant at its headquarters in Pegham Lane, Fareham.
Mick Balch, the firm’s managing director, hopes construction will start within the year, with the plant ready nine months later.
He said: ‘It’s very encouraging that Hampshire County Council are looking to the future and seeing the benefit to the community of sustainable, renewable energy plants.’
The plant will help L&S to reduce the amount of biomass being sent to landfill by thermally treating it in order to produce sustainable heat and electricity.
The plant will produce up to two megawatts of electricity per hour – which will be fed back into the national grid – by treating up to 25,000 tonnes of biomass each year.
The plant will also be compliant with the waste incineration directive (WID) and ash generated from the plant will be transferred into aggregate, giving it a 100 per cent waste recovery.
Mr Balch said the company is in negotiations to appoint a contractor. He added: ‘As there is a lack of renewable energy plants in the UK, we believe this proposal will not only help to encourage a more ethical disposal of biomass from both households and businesses, but also provide a sustainable way of producing heat and electricity.’