Barbers Rural have recently been successful in obtaining planning approval for three new wind turbines on farms in North Shropshire and Staffordshire. One is now up and running and two more are likely to be erected shortly.
The turbines have a nominal output of 20kw on a 20 metre high mast and will provide part of the eletricity requirement for energy conscious farming businesses. Dependant upon wind speed, these turbines are expected to produce around 40,000kw hours per anum.
Successful applications have also been made for a number of solar photo voltaic units of between 30kw and 50kw in size.
Wind turbines are not suitable for every site, comments Mike Taylor, senior partner of Barbers Rural, but when they can be used, they are often by far the most cost effective form of renewable energy. Major factors effecting suitability are wind speed, adequacy of network connection, landscape impact and proximity to neigbours.