The AD facility, with 45,000 ton capacity, will convert organic waste from homes and businesses in the county into clean energy.

This facility is slated for commissioning in March 2014, while it is expected to become completely operational by August 2014.

Commenting on the development, Tamar Energy Business Development director Bill Elliott said that the new facility is expected to convert the county’s organic waste into renewable energy, which is now transported out of the county to be processed or disposed of in landfill.

"The Halstead facility is an important part of our vision for a network of around 40 AD plants across the UK by 2018, offering a cost-effective, green and flexible solution for organic waste.

"Not only does it represent an efficient waste management solution but the digestate which is produced is a highly beneficial, nutrient-rich biofertiliser – helping to ‘close the loop’ on food waste, returning to the soil what would otherwise end up in landfill," added Elliott.

Meanwhile, AD employs series of natural biological processes to break down organic waste material anaerobically and convert it into biogas, which will be used to generate electricity in a combined heat and power unit, the company said.