The construction of a £140 million biomass plant has started in Kent.
The facility, which is expected to have a capacity of 16MW of power and 11MW of heat, will power a science and technology park called Discovery Park located in the county.
Around 300 jobs will be created during construction and 30 full time positions will be available once the plant is operational.
The site will also help reduce the region’s carbon footprint.
Paul Barber, Managing Director at Discovery Park said: “The agreement to press ahead with the new biomass energy plant, not only represents a major investment in the site but puts the park in the unique position of being supplied with a reliable source of green energy.
“The new biomass plant is a vital part of ensuring the site’s ongoing success – part of a number of investments and ongoing work that will not only create jobs and prosperity for East Kent but increases its sustainability too.”