Plans for a £20m renewable energy plant that could provide electricity to 10,800 homes have been submitted to Selby District Council.
Whites Renewable Energy has put forward the proposition to turn the site of an old Tate and Lyle citric acid factory into a renewable energy park.
The new plant would create 120 new jobs.
The plant would use anaerobic digestion technology, which breaks down leftover food into compost and biogas, which can be burned to produce heat and electricity.
Spokesman David Balderson said that Anaerobic digestion is one of the best solutions for disposing of organic waste.
He also said that the site at Selby is ideal as it is well connected to the local motorway network via Selby bypass, it already has an anaerobic digester and a connection to the National Grid.
And according to him, this project will provide a significant boost to the local economy by creating jobs and will also make available a cheap non fossil fuel heat source that will attract businesses to the area.
According to me, one of the most important benefits of renewable energy is the fact that it’s non-polluting. Also the fact that they are going to produce renewable energy from waste is an advantage. Which means more energy and less waste.
It's a large investment, but I think it's worth it. Because the plant is going to produce renewable energy, so after a period of time, they will have the investment back.
The new plant will also create 120 new jobs, which is positive for the local economy.
Dominique Van Huffel