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Andrew Varcoe, Hendra Farm.
Although farming was once an easily profitable business, it is now more difficult to sustain in terms of income, and the farmers themselves are therefore seeking other solutions.

One of those solutions, which is fast becoming the most popular, is renewable energy. Not only can it serve as an additional
power source, but it also allows for the farmers to be contributing to creating a ‘greener’ environment in the UK, and also to the sustainability efforts fast taking hold around the world.

Mr Andrew Varcoe of Hendra Farm, Bodmin, is one of the numerous landowners who have now chosen to rent out their land for a renewable energy installation for exactly that reason.

His initial discussions on this were held with renewables developer TGC Renewables back in late 2011, and after initial feasibility checks were carried out, it was clear theirs was a great site for an installation of this nature. Cornwall Council found no issues with the proposal in terms of residential, environmental, visual or noise impact issues, and planning permission was therefore granted in early 2012 for a 50kW Endurance turbine, with construction commencing shortly after.

The installation was completed and commissioned on the 27th of November 2012 and at time of writing; the turbine has produced 157,970 kWh of power to date. That’s enough to power 47 homes for a year, and the equivalent to 5 flights around the world!
The average wind speed on the site at 37m, i.e. at the height of the turbine hub, is 7.65m/s, which is very optimal for a wind installation of this nature.

Mr Varcoe commented “QUOTE”. We at CWE are pleased with the performance of this site so far and see it continuing its success in terms of energy production for some time to come. This particular project shows that provided site feasibility is expertly investigated from the offset, and that suitable technology is selected for the land in question, successful renewable energy solutions are easily achievable.

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