Scottish farmers and landowners who have invested in renewable energy projects are to be given expert advice on how to maximise their assets at this year’s AgriScot event.
Changes to UK Government support have already seen the early closure of one crucial scheme. Funding for solar, anaerobic digestion and wind under the vital Feed-in Tariff now faces cuts of 87%, 65% and 58% respectively – and an ongoing review could even mean the end of the tariff altogether.
These reductions will mean businesses will now look to work assets harder than ever to deliver the greatest benefits.
Ian McLean from green energy developer Locogen will tell those attending the event – which is being held later this month – about the five key areas which can optimise returns from existing wind turbines, hydro schemes and more. His top tips include: –
- Maximising operational up-time through good maintenance
- Analysing performance
- Achieving the best possible price for every kWh generated, and
- Ensuring maintenance contracts provide best value for money.
A Scottish Renewables spokesman said: “Rural businesses have taken to renewables – particularly wind, biomass and anaerobic digestion – in good numbers in recent years, but with tariff rates set to fall it’s time to think ahead – either to optimising assets which are already operating or to making long-considered plans into reality quickly.”
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