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Wind Energy Income Supports Farms in Tough Times

Wind Energy Income Supports Farms in Tough Times

The Scottish Farmer
XZERES in Scottish farmer
XZERES a Success
at Larroch

The Scottish Farmer
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VG Energy — Scotland’s largest wind turbine dealer  – picked XZERES Wind turbines as the 10kW turbine of choice. A recent success story was published by Scotland’s  largest farm publication, The Scottish Farmer.

7 Feb 2012, The Scottish Farmer, By Jacqueline Adamson – MARTIN WALLACE has recently installed two XZERES turbines on his Larroch Farm at Monreith near Port William, Dumfries and Galloway, via VG Energy.

The first turbine was in place Christmas week, with the second following at the beginning of January.

The bases of the turbines were originally installed for Proven turbines, but with that company going into liquidation literally as the concrete was setting in the foundations, VG sourced two XZERES turbines to put in their place – a decision that Martin was more than happy with.

"The XZERES turbines look very state of the art and aero-dynamic and I have heard nothing but good reports about them,” he said. “VG Energy has been great to work with."

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“The XZERES turbines look very state of the art and aero-dynamic and I have heard nothing but good reports about them,” he said. “VG Energy has been great to work with.”
- Martin Wallace

“Although there were a few very small teething problems when the first turbine went up, VG was quick to sort those out. We have friends who installed turbines through VG, so their praise of the company made our decision to go with them an easy one."

“It is difficult to predict what the turbines will produce in the first year, but they appear to be performing extremely well,” he added.

The turbines provide all the electricity for the farm steading and house at Larroch Farm, with the remainder going into the grid. Larroch has 220 acres, while the Wallace family’s home farm of Whitehills is a 350 acre unit. The farms are home to a 180 Simmental cross suckler cow herd and a 350 Mule ewes flock.

“Farming is difficult right now” said Martin. “We don’t know what the future holds, nor what will happen with the CAP reform, so we wanted to keep our options open and look for other incomes.

“The turbines each come with a five year warranty” he said. “But I would like to think they will still be spinning in 20 years time.”

 

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