Thursday, May 30, 2013

Strong demand from producers for small-scale on-farm wind turbines

By Western Morning News
The attraction of small-scale wind turbines attached to a farm business is undeniable, and specialist firm Windcrop reports 20 turbine contracts signed across Devon and Cornwall – and a further 37 in the pipeline – within just three months of opening its South West office in Saltash.
The market leaders in small-scale turbines, based in Norfolk, where it currently has more than 500 turbines in the ground, expanded into the South West in early February due to increasing demand for its 5kW, 15-metre high systems.
John Ainsworth, general manager for the South West, said: "Our farmers and landowners are realising that the savings and income that these small turbines generate is allowing them to divert funds back into their businesses and homes, which is helping them financially as well as having a positive impact on their community.
"The majority of people are pleasantly surprised by just how small and unobtrusive our turbines are. They're just seen as a piece of the agricultural landscape."
Ian and Maria Coombe signed up for the company to install two small turbines at their smallholding near Callington.
Mr Coombe said: "There is no financial risk to us whatsoever and as well as saving us money on our electricity bills, we feel we are doing our bit for the environment."
Based on Windrop's current fleet performance, Mr and Mrs Coombe are expected to save almost £500 on their electricity bills each year with their two new turbines, which could save them more than £15,000 over the next 20 years.