Morrisons publishes renewable energy guidebook

Morrisons has published a second independent guidebook to help farmers make the right decision when investing in renewable energy.

According to the retailer, the guidebook, entitled Energy in Farming, looks at the range of technologies farmers can implement in various sectors, including dairy, poultry, arable and red meat. Also included in the new book is series of on-farm case studies of various renewable energy sources, as well as the grants available to help farmers.
Morrisons agriculture manager Louise Welsh explained that the positive feedback Morrisons received about the first guidebook spurred the supermarket chain to see what else could be done. Welsh said: “This time we’ve looked at what technologies may be suitable for our poultry, red meat and arable farmers, in addition to dairy.
“What makes this new guide stand out, though, is the inclusion of real case studies drawn from farms around the country. Farmers will be able to see what others have done and learn from any mistakes that have been made. By looking at the likely cost savings, they should be able to see whether or not it’s worth considering the investment on their own farm,” added Welsh.
The guidebook has also been published to coincide with the recent launch of the government’s review of Feed-in-Tariffs (FiTs) and ahead of new changes in subsidies paid to different renewable energy technologies, which is due to start on 1 December 2012.