Agri Anaerobic Digestion Plant
When five member farms in and around Ipswich came together to create a sister business, Agri-Gen, they innovatively created a large anaerobic digester to generate biogas and drive a 3.5 MW gas engine with feedstock supplied from farms growing maize in the surrounding areas.
The rates burden was more than expected, so Handel Rating Consultancy were instructed with the aim of driving down this cost.
HRC engaged with the rates authorities at the first opportunity, advising them of the capacity changes that had been undertaken over the last few years, and reviewed the rateable values that had been applied historically and what was appropriate going forward.
Within 2 months from being instructed, very substantial reductions were obtained if up to two thirds in the rates charges, which delivered a cash refund of over £70,000, with a cut of 20% for future rates charges.