July 2013: An Evance small wind turbine has been installed on the Darlay family farm in Nottinghamshire to give the farm round-the-clock electricity.
Although the farm is less than a mile from a large coal fired power station, the farm is not connected to the grid due to the high connection cost. So after years of struggling to power the farm the Darlay family took the decision to install an Evance R9000 small wind turbine.
Now the farm has electricity 24 hours a day - a big difference to the four to five hours generated daily by their generator.
“Generating enough electricity for the farm and house has been a constant challenge for us, and with the rising cost of diesel it has been very expensive to use our generator. That’s why we decided to look at alternative solutions and found that wind power could meet our needs,” comments Geoff Darlay, who runs the 230 acre farm with his family. “We looked at the R9000 as it has a proven track record for reliable operation and were delighted to find Evance had an off-grid solution.”
“The turbine really has made our lives so much easier by having power around the clock. My only regret is that we didn’t invest in an Evance turbine earlier,” concluded Mr Darlay.
As part of the off-grid system there is a battery bank which can store 55kWh of electricity. An additional heater has also been fitted, so if the battery bank is full any additional energy generated goes to a heater in the house. This way all the renewable energy generated is used.
“I’m pleased that our turbine has changed the Darlays' lives for the better, not just financially but also helping the practical day to day running of a farm and home,” said Kevin Parslow, CEO of Evance Wind Turbines. “All the home owners, farmers and communities who have an R9000 are making significant energy savings and have fixed their electricity costs for 20 years. That's one of the reasons that the Evance R9000 is the UK's most popular small wind turbine."(.i)
“I was interested to see that a recent survey(ii) found that 40% of UK farmers are using a renewable energy source, although 72% believe that renewable energy can still achieve a lot more in the agricultural industry,” commented Kevin. “With energy costs continuing to rise, now is the right time to invest in small wind turbine technology - take control of your future costs and secure today’s FiT rate.”
(i) 1.5kW to 15kW small wind turbines
(ii) Research by Nottingham Trent University, Forum for Farmers and Farmers
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