The Anaerobic Digestion Plant at Gore Cross, Arreton.

An Anaerobic Digestion plant – which provides ‘green gas’ to the Island’s pipelines – has been sold to renewable energy investor Foresight Group.

The facility, based in Arreton, is capable of turning over 50,000 tonnes of energy crops -such as maize – into biomethane, which has the same quality as natural gas.

Wight Farm Energy Ltd – an organisation formed by six Isle of Wight farmers together with Isle of Wight Grain Storage Ltd – built the Anaerobic Digestion plant at Gore Cross Arreton in 2014, in what was dubbed as a move towards self-sufficiency on the Island.

However, the facility has now been sold to renewable energy investor the Foresight Group in a bid to enhance production of the ‘green gas’.

James Attrill, Partner in BCM and Partner of Wight Farm Energy LLP, says the sale is good for the Island.

“It means that after five years of development the plant is up and running and providing a tremendous amount of green gas to the Island and beyond. As well as proving fantastic alternative cropping options for Isle of Wight farmers.”

It’s hoped the site will now be able to provide enough gas for the majority of Island homes in the summer and enough for around 5,000 homes in the winter.