Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Mayoral support for Eco Energy initiative at Clandeboye Estate, Bangor

Mayor Muir with Clandeboye Estate Manager
I visited Clandeboye Estate on Thursday 6 February 2014 to find out more about the recent planning application made for a eco energy anaerobic digester within the grounds of the Clandeboye Estate, Bangor. The anaerobic digester will convert farm waste into heat and power which will then be used by the Estate and a local business. Any remaining power not required will then be sold to the electricity grid.

I am electrified by Eco Energy initiative at Clandeboye Estate after viewing a similar anaerobic digester already in operation at Blakiston Houston Estates, Dundonald, seeing the site for the new digester near the Clandeboye Dairy and hearing about it's potential to generate energy for the Estate, nearby Clandeboye Lodge and the wider grid.

With rising fuel prices and the urgent need to reduce our carbon footprint I am delighted to see Clandeboye Estate progressing this initiative and hope relevant government authorities can give necessary approvals as soon as possible. Clandeboye Estate is leading the way in building a clean and green environment through this and other eco friendly initiatives and deserve great praise.

Particular thanks must be expressed to Clandeboye Estate Manager John Witchell for the vision to pursue this eco energy initiative and for spending time with me to explain how the anaerobic digester will operate. I wish John and Clandeboye Estate every success with this and other well known initiatives helping to make North Down a great place to live, work or visit. 

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