Wind energy was identified as a means of offsetting the high energy demands of the farm, which consumes high amounts of electricity due to the cooling systems involved in milk production. Continued rises in energy prices were bringing into question the viability of the farming operation.
The intention of the landowner is to generate energy through the wind turbine that will supply the farm business, particularly in the automation of several of the everyday labour intensive tasks undertaken by the single farmer.
Planning permission was awarded in July 2012 and it is expected that the turbine will be operational by the end of 2013. The turbine will provide over 100% of the electricity needs of the farm, so excess generation will be exported for distribution on the local grid network.