Farmers, foresters and biomass producers can apply for up to £200,000 (US$400,000) each under a new Bio-energy Infrastructure Scheme launched by the UK government to support CHP.
The government says that the scheme will support the biomass industry in England by helping those supplying biomass fuel for use in heat and electricity generation. All projects must be based in England and must supply the biomass to end-users in Great Britain. Grants are available for up to a maximum of £200,000 per producer group or business.
Environment Minister Phil Woolas said: ‘The fund will inject cash at the point of production. By investing in the biomass industry we are helping farmers, foresters and other producers to diversify and become part of the environmental industry sector which is currently worth more than £25 billion and growing.’
The scheme is open to producer groups and businesses which are small or medium-sized enterprises and applies to short rotation coppice (willow, poplar, alder, ash, hazel, lime, silver birch, sweet chestnut and sycamore), miscanthus, switch grass, reed canary grass, prairie cord grass, rye grass, straw, wood fuel from forestry, arboricultural tree management and primary processing, and other energy crops.