The 520 kWe plant is expected to generate 4.56 GWh per year. Its biogas fuel is to be derived from mixed food waste at Rose Hill Recycling, a composting and recycling facility which processes 35,000 tonnes of food and farm waste per year.
According to Veolia, the installation will save around 1750 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year as well as reclaiming waste that would otherwise go to landfill.
Gavin Graveson, Veolia’s COO Public and Commercial, said: ‘Reducing food waste is very important, but our unavoidable and inedible food waste still has a value as a resource.
‘Current estimates show that if all the UK’s inedible domestic food waste was processed by anaerobic digestion, it could generate enough electricity for 350,000 households. By effectively optimizing all the opportunities for biogas CHP we will ensure we can capture this valuable resource and contribute even more to the circular economy.’