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Andreas residents told 'this is only the start of the journey' on plans for renewable energy hub

Public meeting held in the north

Residents at a meeting in Andreas last night were told plans for a renewable energy hub in the area were still in the very early stages.

Working with the landowners of Andreas Airfield, IPV Flexgen wants to explore building a facility to generate and store energy on the site.

The company claims it could create up to a quarter of the Island's required electricity from things such as 'Anaerobic Digestion' from produce supplied by farms on the Island, as well as solar and wind provision.

During questions, residents shared concerns over the impact such a development would have on the scenery, roads and property value around the village.

Managing Director Ed Jessamine was told more details, designs and data would be needed before the community could get on board:

It was suggested another follow-up meeting could be held around March-time where more detailed plans could be shared.

The company told members of the audience - of roughly 100 people - that access to the Manx electricity grid was still being discussed with Manx Utilities.

Meanwhile, Robert Morrey, the landowner of Andreas Airfield, says around twenty farmers around the Island are 'engaged' in the project.

'When I see where we are now, as an industry, we've got serious problems'

Speaking to Manx Radio after the meeting, Mr Morrey explained why he believes the Island's agricultural sector needs to consider its part in renewable energy:

 

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