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Rural Energy secure Bernard Matthews deal

Rural Energy md Paul Clark
Rural Energy md Paul Clark

Rural Energy has sealed a multi-million pound biomass deal with turkey business Bernard Matthews.

The £4m deal will see renewable technology installed at 21 of the group’s farm sites across the East of England.

Rural Energy is supplying the biomass boilers and commissioning them for renewable energy company Lumicity, which put together a consortium to bid for the work that included Armstrong, Baxi Commercial and PPS.

Rural Energy will supply a total of 179 Herz Firematic 150 or 199kW biomass boilers and has already commenced training Armstrong and Baxi to install them across all sites. Each site has an average of eight or nine poultry sheds, with the largest having 34.

Paul Clark, managing director of Rural Energy, said: “We are delighted to be part of the team working on this major project with Bernard Matthews. 

“It is a major deal for us and is the latest in a series of new roll out orders we have received this year, as demand for biomass technology continues to grow.

“The agricultural sector in particular is catching on to the many benefits biomass can bring, especially for energy-intensive farming such as poultry-rearing or commercial greenhouse growing operations.

Paul Clark added: “The sites are all applicable for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and the financial benefits that brings.

“The first few orders of boilers have now been received and will be commissioned by Rural Energy the last week in April.  The whole project is planned for completion by the middle of October 2014.”