Cannington Enterprises wins top green award!

Cannington Enterprises wins top green award for groundbreaking renewable energy scheme!

Cannington Enterprises has won the 2010 Green Energy Award for turning waste food, including yoghurt and fruit juice, into – electricity.

The Cannington Enterprises (better known locally as Cannington Cold stores )  initiative is Somerset’s first anaerobic digestion project, which produces 0.65 MW of electricity – sufficient for more than 1,000 homes.

The state of the art plant was awarded the top prize for being the most pioneering renewable energy scheme in the South West.

Mr Roe, Managing Director said: “We’re delighted to have won this award. Our anaerobic digestion renewable energy plant shows what can be done with a little ingenuity and a lot of hard work. We’re proud to be one of the new generation of energy companies focused on creating green power for the UK.

“We look forward to generating more renewable energy in the coming years as the demand for clean power increases both regionally and nationally.”

The plant, which has been up and running since 2009, was selected from more than 100 entries for the top prize, which included Glastonbury farmer Michael Eavis and his new solar panel installation at Worthy Farm.

The winner was announced at a glittering awards ceremony at the Bath Assembly Rooms last week. Head judge of the category, Lord Robin Teverson, said: “It’s a groundbreaking South West scheme, making the best use of local resources that would otherwise have gone to waste. “We hope to see many more schemes following in the footsteps of Cannington Cold Stores, where a renewable source, process and end-user of electricity are matched.”

Anaerobic digestion is good for the planet on two fronts. It generates power from a renewable source and it stops food being thrown onto a landfill where it rots and releases methane into the atmosphere, a harmful global warming gas.

The 0.65 MW plant is locally-fuelled with yogurt residue from Yeo Valley and fruit juice residue from Gerber Juice, along with maize and grass silage. 

Leading environmentalist Jonathon Porritt, who hosted the South West Green Energy Awards, said: “Forget two, five, 10 or even 15 per cent – we need at least 70 or 80 per cent of our energy to come from renewable sources – as fast as we can deliver it.  It’s therefore essential that we spread that message, so that people understand the power of what lies behind a renewable future. 

“What we are celebrating here at the South West Green Energy Awards are the decisions and actions of people working towards that kind of future.  The people here tonight have demonstrated what the potential is for building the future in a completely different way; for creating wealth in completely different ways; and for bringing forward new technologies in completely different ways.”