Global renewable energy solutions provider, Vergnet, a leading manufacturer of medium wind turbines for the UK, is celebrating the news that one of its farming partners has been shortlisted in the national farming awards for energy innovation.
Nottinghamshire dairy farmers, the Sharman family’s New Holbeck Farm located in Hallam, Newark, is a finalist in the prestigious Dairy Innovator of the Year 2015 category at The British Farming Awards.
The British Farming Awards highlight the determination and tenacity of British farmers in ever-changing and challenging conditions and climates. They recognise farmers who are taking positive steps to achieving a bigger and better business thanks to the innovations they have made.
Dairy Farmer Ian Sharman, who is renowned in the UK dairy industry for his 430‐strong herd of French Montbeliarde cows, installed a Vergnet 275kW medium wind turbine to help off-set energy demands on the farm and to generate additional income.
Ian Sharman, commented “I am delighted to be shortlisted in these national awards and not least because they recognise the investment and innovation we have brought to New Holbeck Farm in recent years, particularly in the renewables area. This includes a Vergnet wind turbine, which has been performing well on the farm since 2012.
New Holbeck farm is powered almost entirely by renewables, with the Vergnet wind turbine and subsequent solar PV panel installations.
Ian continued: “At New Holbeck Farm, we use an awful lot of energy, cooling water and warming milk, therefore the turbine has made a huge difference. It enables me to control my energy costs and make savings. The turbine powers the farm eight hours a day and the excess power is fed into the grid and provides an additional source of revenue.”
Vergnet works with partners and developers in the UK to provide high performance wind turbines for medium wind energy projects from 200 to 500kW. To date, the company has installed medium scale wind turbines on farms in Cornwall, Leicester, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, East Lothian, the Scottish Borders and Northern Ireland. The company’s UK subsidiary is based in Ripley, Derbyshire.
The Sharman family will be attending the 2015 British Farming Awards ceremony at the Chateau Impney Hotel in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire on 15th October 2015, when more than 500 farmers and industry representatives will gather to celebrate the best in British farming innovation.