UK Green Investment Bank plc and Equitix commit £25m to Wrexham green energy plant

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UK Green Investment Bank plc and Equitix commit £25m to Wrexham green energy plant

Green Plan Energy has secured £25 million (US$36,5)  from UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) and Equitix to develop a new 5.4 MW biomass plant in Wrexham Industrial Estate, north Wales.

The Equitix-managed fund Energy Savings Investment (ESI), in which GIB is a cornerstone investor, is investing £12.25 million (US$19.9 million) in the project. An additional £12.75 million (US$18.6 million) of private capital has been mobilized from the parallel Equitix Energy Efficiency Fund (EEEF).

The biomass plant, will generate around 34 GWh of green electricity per annum – enough to power 2,400 number of homes. It will be combined heat and power (CHP) ‘ready’, meaning it has the potential to provide heat to neighbouring manufacturing businesses.

Bester Generaciόn UK Limited, part of the Bester Group, has been appointed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor and has been awarded a long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) contract. 

Fuel will be supplied by Hadfield Wood Recyclers with biomass specialists PBS Energo supplying the plant’s biomass boiler, flue gas cleaning system and electricity generation contract.

Power will be exported to the grid and sold to ENGIE under a long-term power off-take agreement.

Edward Northam, Head of Investment Banking, GIB, said:

Britain’s manufacturing businesses consume huge amounts of heat every year, much of it from non-renewable sources. Dual-purpose plants like Wrexham, which are capable of generating renewable electricity and heat for the benefit of local industry, play an important role in greening the UK economy. Heat isn’t just a bi-product of the electricity generation process; it is a valuable source of energy in itself.

Geoff Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Equitix, said:

We are pleased to have reached Financial Close on another CHP ‘ready’ scheme in our energy efficiency portfolio. Once operational, we expect it to deliver beneficial carbon savings and make a significant contribution to the environment and creating a sustainable economy in the UK.

Equitix is pleased to have achieved this close on behalf of our investors and we expect to close further energy efficiency deals in the coming months.

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