Renewable energy developer React Energy has secured planning permission for the Clay Cross Biomass project in Derbyshire.
React owns a 90% stake in the project. Derbyshire County Council’s planning committee voted in favour of approving the construction and operation of an energy recovery facility at the site on Monday.
Once commissioned, the facility is expected to convert approximately 80,000 tonnes per annum of construction and demolition (C&D) waste wood which is currently sent to landfill to generate up to 12MW of electrical energy, sufficient to provide electricity for over 18,000 homes, and up to 14MW of thermal energy per year.
The company is currently in discussions to secure finance for the construction of the facility and estimates that it will take approximately 18 months from obtaining finance to the final commissioning of the plant.