Wheelabrator Kemsley announces new funding scheme for community projects
Applications invited from local groups and organisations
KEMSLEY, ENGLAND – 25 January 2018 – Industry leading energy-from-waste operator and developer, Wheelabrator Technologies, has launched a new £50,000 community benefit fund to be awarded locally over the next two years. Now, charities, local community groups and organisations are being invited to apply to the Wheelabrator Kemsley (K3) energy-from-waste facility for funding to help boost community projects in Kent and the South East.
“Wheelabrator Technologies is committed to playing an active role in local communities supporting and investing in civic and charitable organisations, local schools and environmental causes, while contributing to increased economic growth and enhanced quality of life in the communities in which we operate,” said Wheelabrator’s UK Managing Director Paul Green. “As an engaged community partner, we believe our social responsibility begins with the communities in which our facilities operate and our customers and employees live. We look forward to making a positive contribution to our near neighbour communities.”
Wheelabrator Kemsley’s community benefit fund will support organisations and initiatives that benefit communities nearby to the Wheelabrator Kemsley (K3) energy-from-waste facility in Kent. £25,000 will be awarded in 2018 and the remaining half of the fund will be awarded in 2019.
Wheelabrator Kemsley (K3) is a combined heat and power facility which will generate ~ 50MW (gross) of clean, sustainable electricity to power UK homes and businesses. Once operational in 2019, the merchant facility will be able to process up to 550,000 tonnes per year of post-recycled waste provided by a range of waste management companies from across Kent and South East. This is waste that would otherwise have been sent to a landfill or been pre-treated and exported to Europe.
Due to the facility’s location, Wheelabrator Kemsley (K3) will also provide valuable steam heat to the adjacent Kemsley Paper Mill, owned and operated by DS Smith, which will help diversify the mill’s long-term energy requirements.
More information, eligibility criteria and applications forms are available from www.wtikemsley.co.uk
Wheelabrator Technologies is the second largest US energy-from-waste business, and is an industry leader in the conversion of everyday residential and business waste into clean energy. Wheelabrator currently has a platform of 23 power-producing assets across the US and UK —19 energy-from-waste facilities (three under construction), four independent power plants as well as four ash monofills and three transfer stations. Wheelabrator currently has an annual waste processing capacity of over 6.8 million tonnes (7.5 million US tons), and a total combined electric generating capacity of 853 megawatts—enough energy to power more than 805,000 homes. Wheelabrator also recovers metals for recycling into commercial products. The company’s vision To develop, deliver and realize the potential of clean energy speaks to Wheelabrator’s ongoing commitment to the development of clean energy solutions for its customers and local communities. Wheelabrator is owned by Energy Capital Partners, an energy infrastructure-focused private equity firm. For more on Energy Capital Partners, please visit www.ecpartners.com. For more on Wheelabrator, please visit www.wtienergy.co.uk.