Turn to the sun for power down on the farm

A new generation of photovoltaic panels which turn to follow the sun to produce solar energy have been installed at a Cambridgeshire farm.
They will be providing the power to dry thousands of tonnes of grain.

The panels are at Scotland Farm, Dry Drayton, where James Peck has 5,000 acres.

Several thousand tonnes of the grain produced are stored at the farm and the renewable energy used to dry it will save around £26,000 on the annual electricity bills, or 40%.

James is a former Farmers’ Weekly Young Farmer of the Year, and chairman of the Cambridgeshire branch of the Country Land & Business Association, East.

He said: “These units are especially effective because, like sunflowers, they keeping turning towards the sun as it moves across the sky from dawn to dusk.

“These are a great improvement on former systems which are static.

“I believe mine are some of the first to be installed in this country – if not the first.”

He won a Nuffield Farming Scholarship which has taken him all over the world for 20 weeks to gather data for his paper Arable farming, where next and how do we get there.

James has seen the way in which many countries are harnessing the sun and employing a whole range of renewable energy sources.

Source: cambridge news.co.uk

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