Renewable energy supplies extra earning for farmers

Renewable energies can give hard-pressed farmers a “vital stream of income” the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has said.

Analysis from Natwest, RBS and RenewableUK has shown that farmers can earn between £12,000 and £50,000 a year from generating their own wind energy.

This year, renewable energy has provided “much-needed support” for British farmers. Dr Jonathan Scurlock, NFU chief adviser for renewable energy and climate change, explained that 2012 was a difficult year for the farming community. He said bad weather had hit incomes hard and investing in renewable energy could provide farmers and growers with additional earnings at a difficult time.

Lending figures from Natwest and RBS showed that farmers in the Midlands were the most interested in renewable energy, closely followed by Scotland, the North East and the South West.

The Farm Energy Service showed that, during its first 12 months of operation, farmers were making the best use of various renewable energy sources available to them. And enquiries showed that 52% of queries were related to solar technology alone.

RenewableUK chief executive Maria McCaffery said: “Farmers are experts at harnessing the Earth’s natural resources, so it’s no surprise that they are leading the way on wind energy. The UK has the most powerful wind resource in Europe and this has provided a vital source of income for farmers, helping to preserve rural communities in Britain.”

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