Advice For Farmers On Diversifying Into Solar And Storage Technology

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The award-winning Anesco team is offering advice to farmers and landowners on the financial opportunities presented by solar and battery storage technology.

The award-winning team from Anesco is offering advice to farmers and landowners on the many financial opportunities presented by solar and battery storage technology.

Anesco, based in Reading, is one of the U.K.’s leading renewables developers and has been working with farmers and landowners for almost a decade. The company has a solar farm portfolio that exceeds 100 sites and is the U.K. market leader for energy storage while its operations and maintenance arm currently looks after more than 22,000 renewable assets.

Developing a solar farm, or hybrid solar and battery storage site on suitable land or rooftops can provide many financial advantages for landowners and is a tried-and-tested route to additional revenue streams and energy savings.

There are many ways a landowner might benefit. There is the option to lease the land for a guaranteed long-term income – with Anesco offering competitive rental payments which are RPI [retail price index] linked. Alternatively, Anesco offers landowners the ability to either fully fund or part own their project, to maximise the financial returns.

Farm buildings used for dairy, cold storage, grain drying and housing poultry are highly suited to solar panels as they typically have large roofspaces and high demand for electricity. By using clean energy generated on-site, utility bills can be reduced with the savings potential further enhanced by the use of a battery storage unit.

Lily Coles, commercial director at Anesco, said: “It is a challenging time for many farmers right now and diversification of this type – which can provide a guaranteed, long term income – is something we know many are keen to explore.

“The fact solar panels can be installed on the ground or onto rooftops, are silent to run, require little maintenance and that the land can continue to be used for grazing sheep and other small livestock makes them very appealing.

“At Anesco we make the whole process very easy. We have a strong track record behind us and offer a complete, turnkey solution, from the development and installation through to long-term maintenance.

“We are also proud to be best in class when it comes to biodiversity and community engagement. We not only create flourishing habitats on solar farms in accordance with planning rules but go far beyond that – maximising the positive impact they have for local wildlife and species that are most under threat [and] involving the local community in the process. We’d urge any landowners who are keen to find out more about how they might benefit, to get in touch.”

The team from Anesco will be attending the Farm Business Innovation 2019 event taking place on November 6 and 7 at the NEC in Birmingham, U.K. Farm Business Innovation is Europe’s leading event for farmers, landowners, estate owners and rural businesses. The show aims to provide visitors with the inspiration and resources they need to diversify, innovate and make more from their land.

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