Bernard Matthews and Lumicity announce £24.5m biomass boiler deal

The UK’s largest turkey producer, Bernard Matthews, has announced a biomass roll-out project that will see 179 boilers installed across 21 of its turkey farms.

Bernard Matthews will consequently reduce emissions while achieving fuel savings against its current costs. The project will also create around 51 jobs in the area

David Joll, executive chairman of Bernard Matthews, said: “Sustainability is central to our long-term business strategy. We’re already generating a large proportion of our energy needs from other renewable sources, including solar and wind, and with the addition of biomass boilers on our farms, we’re well-placed to be generating 100% of our energy sustainably by 2016.”

The dry heat biomass systems will benefit the company in a number of other ways, including reducing in-house ammonia levels and ventilation requirements.

Lumicity, a specialist in renewable energy solutions, developed and managed the project with funding from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) via its Energy Saving Investments (ESI) fund.

Tristan Fischer, CEO of Lumicity, said: “Having grown up in a farming family, I derive no greater satisfaction than from helping other farmers navigate the renewable energy landscape, and secure the best possible deal.”

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