Cattle breeder to tell of wind turbine success

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A FARMER has had a windfall after building a turbine on his land that creates his own electrictity and sees any surplus going on to power peoples’ homes.

Farmer and cattle breeder James Weightman not only sells his home grown Blonde D’Aquitaine Bulls all over the UK, but he’s now selling his home grown electricity.

He has installed a 500kW urban fringe wind turbine to power the entire farm and he sells the remaining electricity back to the National Grid.

The project has been such a success that the Weightman family, along with gfw-Renewables, turbine suppliers EWT, and funders Barclays Bank, are holding an Open Day at Hallfield Farm, Easington, on Thursday, May 16, from 10am-4pm.

It has been organised so other landowners and farmers can see what is involved in wind turbine projects, how turbines operate, what the benefits are, and what pitfalls to look out for.

Since its installation, the turbine at Hallfield Farm has greatly exceeded expectations and continues to feed sustainable ‘green’ energy back into the local grid connection.

James said: “After nearly 18 months of preparation work, it was great to see our turbine finally commissioned.

“It has now been operational since October 2012 and is already a fantastic asset to the farm, offsetting our carbon footprint and reducing the impact of rising energy costs on our business.”

Renewable energy continues to be at the forefront of the Government’s carbon reduction agenda, with the UK committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 20 per cent by 2020.

To attend the open day or for more information, contact Peter Moralee at gfw-Renewables on (01665) 511983.