RISING energy costs and the opportunity to diversify their farm business has led the Mitchell family to develop a biogas plant at their farm in Ardstraw.
The inputs to the plant are slurry from their own livestock enterprises and a range of silages grown on their own farm. The plant has been commissioned and is generating electricity round the clock.
The experiences of those involved on the ground in bringing the project to completion and the difficulties faced will be shared at the Practical On-farm Renewable Energy event which will be held at CAFRE’s Enniskillen campus on 13 February 2013.
In addition to biogas production, there will be a series of seminars throughout the day on each of the other main renewable energy technologies; wind power, heat from biomass, solar PV and solar hot water, micro-hydro, and heat pumps. A second series of seminars will deal with many of the issues facing those considering a green energy source.
Topics covered will include the proposed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), grid connection, planning, NI Renewable Obligation Certificates (NIROC’s), business planning and taxation, as well as finance and funding options. In addition there will be a trade exhibition and the tours of the biomass installation at the campus. The event will run from 1.00pm until 10.00pm. For further details contact Connor Maguire at 028 6634 4853 or firstname.lastname@example.org.