UK farmers beef up energy savings

A beef farmer in Yorkshire has save more than £40,000 on energy bills after installing a solar power system and batteries. David Brown installed an Outback Power 6kW inverter and […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A beef farmer in Yorkshire has save more than £40,000 on energy bills after installing a solar power system and batteries.

David Brown installed an Outback Power 6kW inverter and charging system, solar panels and batteries with the help of off-grid energy solutions firm Xerogrid.

That has led to an 80% reduction in energy bills and he will no longer owe monthly costs to the grid.

Another farmer, John Drake, in Cornwall also installed a hybrid wind and solar off-grid energy system, which offered a six-year return on investment against diesel fuel.

The system allows for advanced monitoring and data collection to reveal his power use over the course of the year.

According to Xerogrid, data is showing a 70% fall in generator use, which automatically starts when the system batteries are low and shuts off again when they are fully charged.

Mr Drake said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have found a solution that works efficiently for my farm and to have made such significant energy savings is fantastic… Not only am I saving a lot of fuel but there’s less maintenance and considerably less noise.”