The ambitious plan will see the County Council creating its own renewable energy, by using some of its considerable land assets, ranging from farms to restored landfill sites, parks and woodland, as renewable energy sources. This will be both sustainable and profitable, with the income generated helping the County Council in its continuing challenge to find savings and efficiencies. It will also create economic growth and local jobs.
Waste wood collected at the Council’s civic amenity sites has been identified as a potential source of power generation for heat and light, with potential savings identified of at least £500,000 a year. More tree planting is planned, which would create a sustainable source of biomass (wood chips, pellet and logs) that would also create additional woodland areas, accessible to the public. Among its ambitions is also the possibility that, as a generator of renewable energy, the Council could become an energy supplier to local people and businesses.
Renewable Energy 10 year Action Pla (PDF new window)