The On-farm Anaerobic Digestion Fund offers farmers in England financial support to develop small-scale AD plants (up to 250 kW) fed predominantly with farm residues such as manures and slurries.
Administered by the recycling and waste organisation WRAP, the fund offers grants of up to £10,000 to undertake a feasibility study and business plan investigating the potential of AD, and capital loans of up to £400,000 (or a maximum of 50% of the capital cost).
So far, 50 grants have been awarded and 42 feasibility studies and 15 business plans completed. As yet no loans have been awarded, but the fund will now continue to offer grants and loans until 31st March 2016, with sufficient budget for another 35 grants and up to 10 loans. Applications are assessed on a rolling basis. For further information visit www.wrap.org.uk/onfarm or contact: b25mYXJtQHdyYXAub3JnLnVr
NFU chief renewables and climate change adviser Dr Jonathan Scurlock said: “The NFU is pleased to see this Defra policy measure targeting further growth in smaller-scale AD on farms, where we believe there is substantial untapped potential to deliver green energy alongside other environmental benefits."