The route to the installation of the 100kW wind turbine at Newington Farm started about four years ago. The landowners, the Brown family, looked online initially because they wanted to see if a wind turbine would benefit their business given the considerable amount of power their business used for their potato storage. Following that, they spoke to other farmers who had installed machines and listened to their advice, and then they turned to Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) who proved to be a crucial part of the success. SRUC Carbon Management Centre supports research, learning and consultancy activities that contribute to a reduction of carbon emissions from agriculture and food production.
SRUC took the turbine through the planning procedure, which did uncover a few niggles, but nothing major, and then Mr Brown set out looking for quotes from different companies, and found there to be a fair variation when it came down to cost.
“We were completely out of our comfort zone with regards to wind speed, kW hours, grid connections and the like so it was important that we asked for help from those with more experience.” -- Russell Brown, Owner, Newington Farm
Situated in windy central Scotland, Newington Farm needed a turbine that could harness this abundant natural resource to provide a regular source of power and additional income. The Browns chose the NPS 100- 21 because it had:
STEADY SOURCE OF INCOME Newington Farm wanted turbines that would take advantage of the UK Feed-in Tariff (FiT) and guarantee payment for the electricity they generate and feed back into the grid.
THE “GREENING” OF BUSINESS Farms that use wind power in their daily operations are valued by wholesalers who sell their products to discerning consumers who put a premium on sustainable business practices.
RELIABLE TECHNOLOGY The NPS 100-21 is designed for ultimate reliability. The robust, reliable design, coupled with Northern Power’s 5 year factory warranty, fleet availability over 98 percent, 24x7 monitoring and local service assured the Browns that their turbine will continue to perform for many years to come.
3R Energy completed the installation of the Newington Farm turbine near Newport-on-Tay, Fife in 2012.
“I would definitely recommend that other farmers look at the viability of having a turbine, with the outgoings of a farm being as high as they are, anything that can cut costs has to be a good thing.” -- Russell Brown, Owner, Newington Farm.