When award-winning MH Poskitt Limited was looking to harness its waste to produce its own power, it turned to the planning and energy experts at Carter Jonas.
The family owned farming business based near Selby specialises in growing root vegetables for leading supermarkets. Having grown from a small operation, the farm now produces more than 50,000 tonnes of carrots each year, as well as pumpkins, potatoes, swedes and parsnips and employs 200 people.
Vegetable preparation was brought in-house four years ago, enabling third generation farmer and managing director Guy Poskitt to cut costs and help the environment at the same time. The business now dices, slices and grates some of the carrots for the pre-packaged market which means they can also use more of the crop and reduce wastage.
Searching for ways to use any remaining vegetable waste, Guy Poskitt asked Carter Jonas to investigate the feasibility of an onsite anaerobic digester to use maize, carrot tops and peeling to make methane.
Against tight timescales created by a planned reduction in incentives, Carter Jonas, in conjunction with Rob Heap Consulting, conducted a feasibility study on the potential of an anaerobic digestion facility, undertaking a screening study, as well as liaising with potential technology providers and technical consultants.
On completion, Carter Jonas submitted a full planning application for the development and liaised with planning officers to address questions and concerns raised by local residents and the parish council.
Work commenced on site four months later enabling MH Poskitt to take advantage of the higher incentive rate and to enable construction of silage clamps to store the first crop of maize. The project went live on 7th May 2015