Farmers in England looking to set up small-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) plants are now able to apply for funding as part of a new £3 million initiative.
The On Farm Anaerobic Digestion Loan Fund is offering farmers commercial loans of between £50,000 and £40,000 to help construct AD plants that generate less than 250KW of energy.
Farm waste such as manures and slurries will be used to renewable energy and useful fertiliser.
The fund, launched by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), is aimed at farmers who are finding it difficult to get finance for projects from traditional lenders.
Dr. Liz Goodwin, CEO of WRAP said: “Having a small scale facility on site will help farmers to improve their manure and slurry management and environmental controls, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy security.
“There are additional benefits from this approach as the digestion process makes the nutrients in farm wastes more readily available for crop uptake.”