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30/09/2015 GeoGen helps farmer Rowland save £1,050 a month on electricity costs

 Faced with a rising electricity bill for his dairy and poultry enterprises, he turned to Oswestry-based GeoGen Technologies Ltd for expert advice and is now saving £1,050 a month on his energy costs.

His investment in renewable energy began in 2013 with a 15 kilowatt solar panel installation on a poultry shed that houses 32,000 layers at Pant Farm. Biomass was next on the list with a 150kw Lindner & Sommerauer woodchip boiler at Ceunant, Meifod in December last year. Then, in March this year, an eight kilowatt solar installation followed on the farm’s dairy shed. Rowland expects investment of around £100,000 on renewable energy installations to pay for themselves within six years.

In addition, he estimates that he will earn around £19,000 per year for 20 years from the Government Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme and the Feed In tariff.

Generating more than 197,000KWh of heat per year, the biomass system is providing the full heating and hot water needs of his large farmhouse and parlour, where he milks 120 cows a day.

Rowland, who farms in partnership with his father, Richard, is the fourth generation of his family at Ceunant. He said: “I would recommend any business that has high energy and heating costs to consider biomass and solar installations. They offer a great return on investment with savings on energy costs and an additional income stream for the farm.

“We chose GeoGen because of their association with D. Jones Electrical & Heating Engineers, their experienced team and the fact that they are based locally and provide a good back-up service.

“The biomass boiler comes with a five year full parts and labour warranty, which is very reassuring. Geogen took care to ensure that the installations met our needs and the biomass boiler was installed and working within a week.”

Rowland Morris of Meifod 

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