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McFarland's Farm

Tyrone, Northern Ireland

McFarland’s Farm, Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland medium wind energy developer Simple Power exclusively uses Vergnet’s GEV MP R 250kW, 32m hub height wind turbines for its on-going wind energy development on Northern Ireland farms like Noel McFarland’s.

Although agriculture remains a major employer and contributor to the local Northern Ireland economy, it is not without its challenges. In recent years, livestock farmers like Noel have been increasingly faced with squeezed margins due to cost increases, rising feed costs, extreme weather and declining farm-gate prices. Therefore, Noel, like many other landowners in the UK, saw renewable energy as an opportunity to address these challenges and provide assurance for his farm.

Noel McFarland, said: “Diversifying with wind was a new concept to me, however, it was a simple and straight forward way for me to plan for my future, without the fluctuations I experience every year with livestock farming. The turbine has ensured that I have a steady income for the next 20 years, whilst helping the environment.”

The electricity from the 275kW Vergnet turbine enables Earlsway Farm to control their energy costs and make costs savings, with excess power being fed into the UK grid.

McFarlands Farm wind turbine

Noel McFarland at Tyrone
Vergnet GEV MP-R 250kW

Owners: Simple Power
Farm Business: Noel McFarland’s Livestock Farm
Wind Turbine: Vergnet GEV MP-R 250kW, 32m rotor diameter, 32m hub height
Commissioned: April 2014
Operations and Maintenance: Vergnet

The green electricity generated from 250kW Vergnet GEV MP-R feeds into the Northern Ireland grid via Power NI, the region’s biggest electricity retailer, under an umbrella power purchase agreement with the developer, Simple Power.

Philip Rainey, Chief Executive of Simple Power, commented, “The single wind turbine on Noel’s farm highlights the important role that landowners can play in building a sustainable energy supply for Northern Ireland, whilst also reaping the rewards.”

Philip Rainey, Chief Executive of Simple Power added: “The wind turbine on McFarland’s farm ensures maximum regeneration capacity and is extremely reliable as it is manufactured by Vergnet. It is well known that Vergnet’s production yields are among the best performing in the medium wind sector. The turbine on Noel’s farm is currently supplying the electricity grid with green energy that is powering Northern Ireland towards a sustainable and affordable future.”

Why Vergnet & the GEV MP R Wind Turbine

Tyrone (NI) - Vergnet GEV MP-R 250kW

Tyrone (NI) – Vergnet GEV MP-R 250kW

By choosing to diversify with Simple Power and Vergnet, Noel has been able to access the benefits of Northern Ireland’s small scale wind incentive schemes in a hassle-free way. He has been able to project and grow his farm income without the risks that are associated with developing a renewable project, ranging from planning, finance and grid connections.

Vergnet wind turbines have one of the highest production yields in the medium wind industry supported by a dedicated local UK O&M service and full service package. This combination of top level service and technological performance delivers a very robust IRR (Internal Rate of Return) and makes its turbines one of the most attractive medium wind investments.

  • The GEV MP range
    The Vergnet GEV MP-R is the 32m monopole tower model of the Vergnet GEV MP range of turbines, which is also available with a 55m guy-wired tower and in 200kW and 275kW.
  • High Performance
    Vergnet’s production yields are among the best performing on the market in the medium wind sector.
  • Robustness and reliability
    Vergnet’s 25 year global track record and design experience has made the GEV MP a real world traveller, providing a trustworthy energy production during its entire service life.
  • Access and installation
    The turbine can be transported using standard containers and flatbed trucks (except for the blades) and installed using a standard 50-T crane.