Giant £120m wastewater-heated greenhouses to land in East Anglia

The two innovative developments are expected to be capable of increasing the UK’s clean heat output by almost 3TWh per year

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Low Carbon Farming has announced the development of two massive wastewater-heated greenhouses in Norfolk and Suffolk.

The company says the new projects are capable of increasing the UK’s clean heat output by almost 3TWh per year, creating more than 8,000 new jobs and investing £2.67 billion into regional economies.

The two innovative greenhouse developments boast a 70-acre-indoor growing space, two-thirds as big as Vatican City and will grow tomatoes in a hydroponic system using waste heat from Anglian Water treatment facilities.

Using heat pumps to capture waste heat from nearby water recycling centres, the projects displace traditional gas-fired greenhouse heating methods, and will increase the production of low carbon, British produce.

Andy Allen, Director of Low Carbon Farming, said: “Our East Anglian projects provide British farming with a bankable template for the nationwide roll-out of transformative, renewable heat solutions.

“Policy decisions made the innovation behind our first projects possible – specifically, the entirely logical extension of the Tariff Guarantee until the end of the Renewable Heat Incentive in 2021.

“We now look to government for a clear and far-sighted decision to extend revenue support for renewable heating in British farming far beyond 2021.”

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