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Renewable energy plant at Lancashire farm

A renewable energy plant, which could generate enough electricity for 1,000 homes, has been opened on a farm in Lancashire.

A £3m anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Carr Farm, Warton, was established by specialist firm Farmgen.

The plant uses crops to create biogas, which is used to generate electricity.

Fylde MP Mark Menzies opened the plant. He said: "Renewable energy has an important part to play in generating electricity for this country."

'Great case study'

Marks and Spencer has signed a deal to buy the energy for the next five years.

Mervyn Bowden, head of energy management at the retailer, said: "Since 2006 we've been actively encouraging the development of 'green' technologies including anaerobic digestion for generating renewable electricity.

"We're delighted to see this plant up and running. For farmers and landowners it's a great case study on how to get involved with renewable energy generation."

Blackpool-based Farmgen also announced plans to open 10 similar plants across the country by 2015.

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