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Dairy Farm Opens Doors to Showcase its ‘French Connection’

This week, Nottinghamshire dairy farmer, Ian Sharman and his family, renowned for their herd of French Montbeliarde cows, threw open the doors to their farm to showcase medium wind energy.

The Sharman family, who have installed a Vergnet 275kW medium wind turbine on their farm, and also benefit from the manufacturer’s dedicated UK Operations and Maintenance (O&M) service, hosted an Open Day to highlight medium wind energy.

The Open Day represented a truly ‘Gallic’ connection for the high profile Nottinghamshire dairy farm, with its 430-strong herd of French Montbeliarde cows, and the wind turbine company, Vergnet, which is headquartered in France.

Visitors from throughout the UK were able learn more about Vergnet’s 275kW Vergnet GEV MP-C first-hand from the Sharman family, who utilises the medium scale wind turbine to off-set their farms energy demand.

Ian Sharman, commented “The Open Day was a great opportunity for me to share my experience with fellow farmers from throughout the UK. The turbine, which has been in operation since 2012, performs well and is as reliable as Vergnet said it would be, if not better.

“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 8 hours a day and the excess power is fed into the grid and provides an additional source of revenue. Vergnet’s ongoing O&M service helps get the best possible return and income from the turbine. The Vergnet turbine on my farm does exactly what it says on the tin.”

The event was the first of many as Vergnet, a global leader in the distributed wind energy industry and manufacturer of medium scale wind turbines, continues to go from strength to strength in the UK market. The company now has 28 wind projects on farms in Cornwall, Leicester, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Vergnet’s UK spokesperson and business development manager, Diana Popa commented: “As we continue to grow in the UK market, we are proud to showcase our medium scale wind turbines and their benefits for medium wind projects from 200 to 500 kW. The Open Day at New Holbeck Farm is the first of many we are having throughout the UK. It is a perfect opportunity for farmers, landowners and developers to see the turbines first hand and meet our turbine owners, as well as have a direct feed-back of their medium wind experience.”

Since 2010, Vergnet and their UK partners have been installing turnkey medium wind energy projects including site feasibility, planning, finance, installation, commissioning, FiT (Feed-in Tariff) registration, and a full after sales service package. To be closer to its customers and their needs to secure their business planning and turbine performance in the long term, Vergnet launched a UK dedicated full O&M service in May of this year and established its UK subsidiary.

Headquartered in France, Vergnet currently employs 200 people with 70% of the workforce dedicated to design, engineering and operations and maintenance. On the back of signal patented technologies, Vergnet has already installed 900 wind turbines worldwide.

For more information about Vergnet, please visit www.vergnet.co.uk or call 020 7092 6692.

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