Last month Vergnet completed two new projects on farms in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The two turbines were built in partnership with local developer, Simple Power, on farms and have helped local farmers to access the benefits of wind energy.

In Northern Ireland, Vergnet works in partnership with medium wind energy developer, Simple Power which exclusively uses Vergnet’s GEV MP R 250kW, 32m hub height wind turbines for its on-going development on Northern Ireland farms. Simple Power chose the Vergnet GEV MP-R due to its suitability to the local environment as well as its maximum regeneration capacity.

The developer benefits from Vergnet’s production yields, which are among the best performing in the medium wind sector. All electricity generated from Simple Power’s single wind turbines throughout Northern Ireland feeds directly into the grid via the region’s biggest electricity retailer under an umbrella power purchase agreement.

The turbines also benefit the farmers and landowners in County Tyrone. Like many other landowners in the UK, the local farmers saw renewable energy as an opportunity to address challenges, such as cost increases, rising feed costs, extreme weather and declining farm-gate prices, and provide assurance for their farms.

Vergnet’s partnership with Simple Power enables them to plan for the future and access the benefits of Northern Ireland’s small scale wind incentive schemes in a hassle-free way.

Farmers in Northern Ireland can project and grow their farm income without the risks that are associated with developing a renewable project, ranging from planning, finance, construction and grid connection.

One of the county Tyrone farmers, Noel McFarland, said: “Diversifying with wind was a new concept to me; however it was a simple and straight forward way for me to plan for my future, without the fluctuations I experience every year with livestock farming. The turbine has ensured that I have a steady income for the next 20 years, whilst helping the environment.”

This is just one of Vergnet’s wind projects in the UK with medium scale wind turbines installed on farms in Cornwall, Leicester, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, the Scottish Boarders, East Lothian and Northern Ireland.