30 Aug '11, 10am

Over a third of UK farmers keen on renewables investment

Two in every five UK farmers are expecting to invest in renewable energy and are targeting average annual returns of £25,000 in reduced energy bills and new income. That is the main finding from a new survey published by Barclays, which found that 37 per cent of the country's 200,000 farmers wanted to install green technologies such as solar panels, wind turbines or anaerobic digestion (AD) systems. FURTHER READING RBS and Natwest create £50m green fund for farmers Soil Association project aims to help farmers cut emissions The results echo earlier research by RBS and NatWest , which similarly found that the agricultural sector is rapidly embracing renewables investment as a means of diversifying revenue streams and tackling rising energy costs. Barclays' poll of 300 dairy farmers in England, Scotland and Wales was released to coincide with the launch of a new £100m fund d...

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