Maximising returns from your electric crop

An analysis of the renewable energy market and the opportunities for UK farmers and landowners

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In this paper we examine the current energy market landscape and what this means for farmers and landowners with renewable energy assets on their land, and for those thinking about diversifying into renewable energy generation. We look at the electric crop, the tools and resources available, and how to maximise returns from renewable energy.

Over the past two decades, there has been a seismic shift in the UK energy market landscape. Where once the National Grid was predominantly supplied by, polluting sources of energy such as gas and coal, numerous and dispersed renewable energy generators are now increasingly taking up the mantle. Owners of these assets are helping the UK transition to a greener grid and are profiting in the process.

A large proportion of these asset-owners are based in the agricultural industry and therefore the buzzword coined for the renewable power generated is the ‘electric crop’. This represents an additional source of income for many farming businesses in a time of uncertainty and transition away from the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), enabling asset-owners to fix their yearly budgets with more certainty, build resilience through diversification and contribute to a more sustainable future for the country and for their own farms….

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