Farmers invited to renewables day

Scottish farmers with an interest in renewable technology are being urged to attend the second on-farm demonstration day organised by NFU Scotland’s Renewables Development Initiative.

Tuesday, 11th February 2014, 9:25 am

The event, being hosted by two farms in the Lanark area on Wednesday, February 19, will look at biomass and wind energy generation, with farmers invited to come and see renewables in action for themselves.

The technology on show in the morning at Byretown Farm, near Lanark (courtesy of the Trainer family), involves a log boiler, while in the afternoon delegates will visit Marshill Farm, Draffan, near Kirkmuirhill, to view the wind turbine installation (courtesy of Andrew Stewart).

In between site visits, there will be workshops at the Scottish Equestrian Hotel, Lanark racecourse, on all aspects of renewables, including support and tariffs, and an opportunity to meet with industry experts.

NFU Scotland’s regional co-ordination manager Lisa Roberts said: “This is an exciting time for renewables and farmers and land managers are at the centre of that. If Scotland is to achieve its full energy generating potential, it is essential that we share and learn from each other’s experiences.

“The initiative is providing sound independent advice to farmers and land managers across Scotland on renewable energy and there is no better way to showcase the technology than by showing it in action on Scottish farms.

“This open day will also offer great networking opportunities with industry experts to help those already involved in renewables or considering making the leap to get the most from their projects, maximise financial returns to the business and identify future investment opportunities.

“The Renewables Development Initiative, and its network of demonstration farms round the country will keep farmers at the core of the renewable sector’s success.”

Byretown host farmer Alan Trainer added: “For a farm business to make this kind of investment needs careful consideration but a potential payback over five years from the boiler was not to be sniffed at.”

Andrew Stewart of Marshill said: “This project is four years in the making and it will make a huge difference to the farm business. We were very disappointed by the rental offers received from developers and resolved to carry out the project ourselves.”