ADAS joint venture to boost agricultural wind power

Environmental consultancy ADAS has entered into a joint venture with low-carbon expert company C02Sense to seek out suitable agricultural land for developing and running turbines.

The £2.6m deal between the two companies will enable the development of single, medium-scale 500kW turbines on a range of sites.

Farmers whose land is used for the turbines could receive up to a million pounds of income over 20 years, with no upfront costs.

Colin Speller, ADAS Group managing director, said, “This new joint venture is a great step forward for renewable energy in the agricultural sector. By bringing together the resources and expertise of ADAS and CO2Sense, we can open up more sites and help more farmers and landowners to get a new source of income.”

ADAS said it hopes that the first new sites to be developed by the joint venture will be fully operational within two years.

Joanne Pollard, ceo of CO2Sense, said, “With the government being legally required to generate 15 per cent of the UK’s energy from renewable sources by 2020, it’s essential that we seize opportunities to develop wind power in appropriate locations.

“By working with ADAS, we’re confident that we’ll be able to develop wind turbines on many new sites across the UK.”

Leigh Stringer

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