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Roland Eustice, Trethiggey Farm.
Although farming and the like was once a very profitable route for landowners, it has unfortunately become increasingly difficult to sustain. Many are therefore looking for other solutions to better waning incomes, and a trend is starting to emerge.

One of the solutions, which is fast becoming the popular
choice to turn to, is renewable energy. The technologies involved allow the farmers to be doing their bit for the environment and contributing to the sustainability efforts of the UK, all whilst creating an additional source of income for themselves and their families..

Mr Roland Eustice of Trethiggey Farm is one of many landowners who’ve chosen to rent out their land for a wind turbine installation for exactly that reason.

His discussions on this began with renewables developer TGC Renewables back in late 2011, and after initial feasibility checks were carried out, it was clear his was a great site for this type of technology. Cornwall Council agreed that the principle of the development was positively supported in policy and that the landscape could accommodate the proposed turbine. They found no environmental, visual or noise impact issues, and were keen on the project as a means of promoting renewable energy and farm diversification. Planning permission was therefore granted on the 12th of June 2012 for a 50kW Endurance turbine, and construction began shortly after.

The installation was completed and commissioned on the 12th of September 2012 and at time of writing; the turbine has produced 187,624 kWh of power to date. That’s enough power for 356 light bulbs of 60W each, and is the equivalent to the power needed to keep 28 cars on the road for a year! The average wind speed on the site at 25m, i.e. at the height of the turbine hub, is 7.01m/s…very optimal for a wind turbine installation of this nature.

Mr Eustice commented “QUOTE”. We at CWE are also very proud to have this site on our portfolio as it has performed very well since installation completion and is very much a success so far. It just goes to show that when site potential is expertly investigated, and the right technology and spec is selected, successful renewable energy projects are far from impossible.

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