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Wind turbine installed on pig farm

November 1, 2011 by  
Filed under News & Business, Livestock

NORFOLK  farmer John Blackburne has installed a wind turbine on his North Pickenham farm as he diversifies from pig farming.

The move to producing energy through the installation of the turbine on the 13 acres farm will provide both cost savings and create additional revenue generation to Mr Blackburne.

The energy produced will supply power to run the farm, and will also be sold to utility providers. Mr Blackburne will also stay true to his roots by continuing to rear pigs.

Renewable energy technologies are becoming increasingly attractive as economic uncertainty prompts businesses to become more efficient and sustainable.

Wind turbines and solar panels are inexpensive to run once installed and offer long term benefits to running costs and the environment. The Energy Saving Trust estimate that 40% of all wind energy in Europe blows over the UK.

Speaking about the project, Mr Blackburne said: “Whilst we will never turn our backs on the tradition of pig farming here at Daleacres, we had to explore how we can generate more revenue.

“The wind turbine option will not only bring in money, it will also help save it. It also establishes a new legacy at the farm, renewing energy to help benefit both the farm and the local community.”

Funding for the introduction of the wind turbine was provided by banking partner NatWest.

Agricultural business banking manager Stuart Baxter said: “John is not the first and he will certainly not be the last farmer to look towards renewable energy as the future of their operations.

“The bank has recognised this through the launch earlier this year of a £50 million renewable energy fund to support such projects.”

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