Jun 22, 2016
A proposal has been submitted for the construction and operation of a Renewable Energy Centre (REC) at Keypoint Swindon. Developer Rolton Kilbride has submitted the application to Swindon Borough Council to develop the energy centre on an industrial site.
The proposed facility would recover energy from residual waste in the form of heat and electricity, which could be exported to commercial energy users in Swindon. The facility is capable of generating renewable electricity and heat, both of which could significantly benefit local businesses, reducing their operating costs and supporting their economic viability and potential growth.
Managing waste locally could potentially reduce waste management and transport costs for the Local Authority, enabling funds to be redirected to other services. The Energy Centre is expected to generate up to 20 new jobs.
As part of the application, Rolton Kilbride has performed a full Environmental Impact Assessment which will be examined in detail during the process.
Ian Crummack, spokesman for Rolton Kilbride comments: ‘This is the beginning of a 16 week consultation process, during which time the application is put out for comment to a list of consultees (such as the Environment Agency) and made available for comment by other consultees and members of the public. We have also produced a full set of FAQs which can be viewed by visiting www.keypointswindonenergy.co.uk.’
Rolton Kilbride has held two public exhibitions in South Marston and Stratton and will continue to consult with the pubic and stakeholders throughout the planning process. If planning permission is granted, and following a tender process, the energy centre could become operational in approximately three years.
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