Leconfield farmer shares secrets of his success at wind power open day

An example of a turbine.

An example of a turbine.

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Leconfield farmer Chris Lount is to host an open day aimed at helping others in the industry find out how they can cut costs and increase income by diversifying into green energy.

At the event on 7 May, a range of experts will be on hand to cover a variety of topics from logistics and siting of wind turbines to planning permission and finance

Experts on solar energy and anaerobic digestion will also be on hand

Mr Lount farms 400 hectares of wheat, oilseed rape and spring beans. In 2012 he installed a 24m Endurance E-3120 wind turbine that generates 50kw of electricity, supplemented by solar panels on his farm buildings. The energy generated runs the farmhouse and other farm buildings.

Angela Wallace, Hallmark Power, said: “Chris Lount’s Endurance E-3120 is perfect for the agricultural sector. It is medium-sized, works well with the wind capacity of East Yorkshire, and is aesthetically suitable for a farm providing sustainable energy, reliably, safely and quietly.

“The turbine generates enough electricity to power a farm with relatively high energy consumption, with excess available to feed back into the grid. So it cuts energy costs as well as generating an income. In fact, Mr Lount only needs a small amount of the energy he generates, thereby stabilizing energy costs and providing a guaranteed annual source of renewable income.”

Feed-in Tariffs are fixed, so a farmer installing facilities on-farm will receive a guaranteed level of income for many years to come.

Chris Lount said: “At the time we decided to install a wind turbine crop prices were struggling and we wanted to do something to secure some income for the future. Basically we wanted to put our eggs in a couple of different baskets.

“We’ve also got solar panels on a shed. We use the electricity from both sources in the house and to power the workshop. The rest is sold back to the grid.

“Planning permission was fairly straightforward. One or two local people asked me about it in the village, but nobody had any real complaints. I’ve been delighted with the investment and Hallmark Power have been really helpful every step of the way.”

This event is FREE to attend. However for catering purposes you must register in advance. To register for this event: www.rase.org.uk/events

Or contact Charlotte Johnston:

• Call 02476692470 or 07779 572598

email charlottej@rase.org.uk

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