Energy plant looks to expand with new substation
- Credit: Sonya Duncan
A biomass energy plant which has brought jobs and millions to the economy is looking to expand with the building of a new switch room.
The £173m Snetterton Renewable Energy Plant, situated just off the A11, generates 44MWh of electricity every hour - enough to supply 82,000 homes - through the burning of straw and woodchips.
Now, plant owners, BWSC East Anglia, have submitted plans to Breckland Council to build a sub-station switch room.
The documents show two transformers that will be built alongside a main building and safety fencing.
Access will be available by pedestrians from the east and by vehicles on the west.
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An objection has been lodged with the council over noise levels from the station. The resident said there is excess noise coming from the plant and fears that the new sub-station switch room will add to this.
A sub-station switch room transforms the voltage of electricity before it is sent to be used in homes.
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