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“We were looking for an additional and sustainable source of income, and a renewable energy project seemed perfect. We’re glad to say it has been a successful process and we are very pleased with the outcome so far”.

Anne Beattie, Knowehead Farm.
Although farming was once an easily profitable business, it is becoming more difficult nowadays to sustain in terms of income and the farmers themselves are therefore seeking other solutions.

One of those solutions, which is fast becoming the popular choice to turn to, is renewable energy. Not only can it serve as an additional income and/or power source, it also allows for the farmers to be doing their bit for the environment and to contribute to the sustainability efforts fast taking hold around the world.
Mr and Mrs Beattie of Knowehead Farm are two of the now hundreds of landowners who’ve chosen to rent out their land for a turbine to be installed onto for exactly that reason.

The installation was completed and commissioning by April 2012 and to date, the turbine has produced X kW of power. That’s enough to keep X cars on the road for a year, or power X homes!

The average wind speed on the site at 25m, i.e. at the height of the turbine hub, is 6.8m/s…very optimal for a wind turbine installation of this nature.

They have a stud farm and decided to turn to renewables to supplement the costs involved, resulting in a very successful project
so far.

Their initial discussions on this were held with renewables developer TGC Renewables back in 2011, and after initial feasibility checks were carried out, it was clear theirs was a great site for an installation of this nature. North Lanarkshire Council were happy that the proposal could be accommodated within the site without detriment to the character and amenity of the surrounding area, and planning permission was therefore granted on the 25th of January 2012 for a 50kW Endurance turbine, with construction commencing shortly after.

The installation was completed and commissioning by April 2012 and at time of writing, the turbine has produced 215,270 kWh of power. That’s enough to keep 28 cars on the road for a year, or power 7 flights around the world! The average wind speed on the site at 25m, i.e. at the height of the turbine hub, is 6.8m/s…very optimal for a wind turbine installation of this nature.

Mrs Beattie commented “We were looking for an additional and sustainable source of income, and a renewable energy project seemed perfect. We’re glad to say it has been a successful process and we are very pleased with the outcome so far”. We at CWE are also very proud of this site and how well it has performed since installation completion, so much so that we are currently looking at the feasibility of deploying a second turbine on the land. It just goes to show that provided site potential is expertly investigated from the offset, and the right technology and spec is selected, very successful renewable energy solutions are easily achieved.

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