• 95.4% believe that renewable energy will play a vital role in the future of farming
• Some expect to save £1million+ through use of renewables
Thursday 24th January 2012: Many farmers and landowners in the UK are concerned about the future of the industry, according to research carried out ahead of Energy Now Expo 2013 . Nearly half (42%) of farmers and landowners expressed concerns, however 95 per cent believe that renewable energy will play a vital role in the future of farming in the UK.
The research has revealed that although many farmers are researching renewable energy solutions for their business, over half find the available options confusing and are discovering there are many issues preventing them from installing technology. Planning permission issues, lack of understanding about the range of options and inability to pay up-front costs are some of the main barriers; however, all of these can be addressed by partnering with the right renewable energy solution providers.
A high proportion (87.8 per cent) of those surveyed have already researched energy solutions and nearly two thirds (60.3%) have installed some form of renewable energy technology. 70.2% estimate that their installed renewable energy technology will save them up to £25K over five years. 5.4% believe they will save £1million plus.
Energy Now carried out the research ahead of their fourth annual Energy Now Expo which showcases renewable energy opportunities available to agricultural and rural communities.
David Jacobmeyer, Energy Now Expo organiser said: “Renewable energy solutions are a strong proposition for farmers and landowners looking to reduce their overheads and also generate new revenue streams. At Energy Now Expo in February we will be running conference streams offering practical advice to delegates, with the aim of demystifying renewables.”
The event, which takes place on 13-14th February at the Telford International Centre, Shropshire will provide visitors with the opportunity to participate in a multi streamed conference in which industry experts will present and discuss the very latest developments in renewable energy within the farming community. Dick Strawbridge will also be presenting at the event, providing an amusing explanation of what eco-friendly solutions have worked for him since moving to his Cornish smallholding and started filming his series for the BBC 'It’s not easy being green' in 2005.
The exhibition area will also boast a low-emission vehicle area, showcasing the latest in electric, hydrogen and hybrid vehicles, plus an energy efficiency zone in both the exhibition and the conference promoting and explaining the best practices in energy management.
Admission to the exhibition is free for all those who pre-register. Free conference passes are also available for Energy Now magazine subscribers as well as members of the NFU, CLA, Anglia Farmers, TFA, and Woldmarsh Producers – providing they pre-register. More information can be found at http://www.energynowexpo.co.uk
Notes to editors:
Energy Now Expo is a two-day conference and exhibition designed to bring together farmers and landowners from all over the UK to help them explore and further understand the opportunities available in renewable energy types - wind, biomass, biofuels, biogas, ground source heating, hydro and solar.
The conference will focus on all aspects of renewable energy, while the exhibition will provide a showcase of more than 160 suppliers demonstrating the latest technologies.
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