Over the past decade, renewable energy schemes have provided lucrative alternative income streams to farmers and landowners, backed by government grants and incentives.
Whilst large scale solar and wind energy schemes have seen significant cuts in government support in the past two years, there are still opportunities for farmers to implement smaller scale schemes.
Small scale solar and wind turbine technologies can still be viably installed on farms to both help lower and fix energy bills as well as provide some alternative income streams, whilst biomass burners can provide duel heat and power often utilizing by-products from the farm.
Anaerobic Digestion plants have a natural fit with other farm enterprises, particularly waste from livestock and horticultural operations, but they require significant initial investment, and their financial viability is dependent on the efficiency of converting the feedstocks to energy. Most AD plants in the UK are reliant on a staple feedstock of maize silage for optimal efficiency, and this requires sufficient land to be available for growing the crop.
We can advise on the viability of various on-farm renewable energy schemes, and assist in the planning, installation and management of such enterprises.
Please contact us for a further discussion.