Record-breaking winds are providing much-needed additional revenues to hundreds of UK farmers who have installed power generating turbines on their land, according to a supplier of farm-scale wind turbines.
Steve Milner, managing director of Earthmill, said: “High winds undoubtedly caused problems for many people in December but for farmers who have installed turbines the silver lining proved to be record incomes from electricity generation and big savings on power bills too.
“New data clearly highlights the benefits of diversification to farmers with land for small, farm-scale turbines.”
Earthmill’s data shows their fleet of more than100 turbines sited on UK farms generated 2668mw hours of electricity in December, enough power to supply a town of 9,600 homes for 30 days or 800 homes for a whole year.
Mr Milner added: “As well as generating power worth over £600,000in just one month, the turbines we manage also attracted discountson electricity bills worth morethan £200,000, equivalent to an average of £2,000 per farm in December alone.
“While there will always be sceptics about the viability of wind power, the new technology used by our turbines is really helping to further increase their efficiency a fact supported by December’s output figures.
“Across the UK, wind power supplied 10% of the country’s supply electricity during December, a record month for renewable energy generation and our farmers played their part and boosted their revenues as a result.
“Of course, December was a very windy month and that swells the generation figures somewhat, but typical monthly electricity outputs are between 50% and 75% of these levels, making turbines highly-productive on UK farms which are consistently windy.”
Demand for the turbines from the farming community has soared in recent months as power costs continue to climb, while deadlines reducing levels of Government incentives draw ever closer.