28 Feb '13, 4pm

British farmers can benefit from renewable energy says farming union

The National Farmers Union (NFU) celebrated the first anniversary of its Farm Energy Service recently as record levels of interest in renewable energy were reported among British farmers. Analysis from two British banks, NatWest and RBS, as well as from sector trade association RenewableUK , revealed that farmers generating their own wind energy can earn between £12,000 and £50,000 per year. The service was first launched at the NFU Conference in 2012 and over its first year of operation has helped over 1,500 farmers to integrate renewable energy systems into their business. Farmers are increasingly turning to renewable energy as they struggle to make ends meet faced with escalating energy bills and declining crop yields due to extreme weather which forced productivity down to 1980s levels. “2012 was a difficult year for the farming community, with bad weather hitting inco...

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