‘Strong support’ for hot rocks plant

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Geothermal Engineering Ltd has reported that its vision to develop a commercial ‘hot rocks’ energy plant near Redruth have received widespread support from the local community.

The company a held public exhibition last month at Carharrack Village Hall to outline its plans, with the vast majority (89%) of respondents to a questionnaire supporting the development of geothermal energy in the area.

Geothermal Engineering intends to establish the plant at United Downs, and next week MD Ryan Law will be holding an open surgery to further answer any questions members of the local community may have.

Over the next 20 years, Geothermal Engineering plans to deliver up to 300 MW of clean, sustainable electricity and up to 1 GW of renewable heat for communities across the south west.

Law said: “There is significant potential for geothermal energy to encourage investment into the region and re-empower the local community. We have received a lot of positive feedback and requests from the community and we will be looking into geothermal energy for domestic use by connecting Carharrack and St Day to a district heating main.

The renewable heat generated by the geothermal plant has to be used locally and will therefore have a direct and positive impact on the local economy and community.”

The surgery is running at Carharrack Mills Hall on Tuesday November 24 between 1:30pm and 5:30pm. Details of the event are available online where people can book their 15 minute slot with Ryan Law online. Alternatively, slots can be booked by calling 0207 401 8001.