UK – A Nottinghamshire dairy farmer has shared his wind power experiences with fellow UK farmers.
Ian Sharman and his family, who milk 430 Montbeliarde cows, installed a 275 kilowatt wind turbine on their farm in 2012.
The farm open day showcased a ‘medium scale’ Vergnet turbine which is offsetting the farm’s energy demand.
“At New Holbeck Farm, we use an awful lot of energy, cooling water and warming milk, therefore the turbine has made a huge difference,” said Mr Sharman.
“It enables me to control my energy costs and make savings. The turbine powers the farm 8 hours a day and the excess power is fed into the grid and provides an additional source of revenue.
“The turbine performs well and is as reliable as Vergnet said it would be, if not better.”
The open day is part of Vergent’s growing presence within the UK market, said Vergent’s UK spokesperson, Diana Popa.
“As we continue to grow in the UK market, we are proud to showcase our medium scale wind turbines and their benefits for medium wind projects from 200 to 500 kW," said Mrs Popa.
“The Open Day at New Holbeck Farm is the first of many we are having throughout the UK.
"It is a perfect opportunity for farmers, landowners and developers to see the turbines first hand and meet our turbine owners, as well as have a direct feed-back of their medium wind experience.”
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