The UK government’s own projections expect solar and wind power to be cheaper than new nuclear power by the time Hinkley Point C is completed. Renewable energy has been a real success story over the past six years supported through the Renewables obligation, Feed in Tariff and RHI. As the renewables sector matures, the expectation has always been that the support mechanisms would taper away and renewables would stand on its own two feet. While the removal of support over the past year has been sharper than many would have wanted causing rapid change within renewables, the good news is that opportunities for energy projects remain plentiful for farmers and innovative solutions are being brought forward. Smart energy, energy storage and “behind the meter” optimisation are the new buzz words for farmers wanting to get the most from renewable energy initiatives post-referendum, say experts. This is the theme of the multi-streamed Energy Now conference on 8 and 9 February 2017 which farmers and landowners interested in exploring renewables opportunities should not miss. The event will examine the ways that savvy farmers are making renewable energy installations stack up in a reduced subsidy world, by using the latest technology to displace energy consumption, and examining new ways to add value.
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