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Some 130 farmers gathered at WH Gittins & Sons’ Wykey Farm on 1st December as the guests of Alt-Group.
Alt-Group hosted the solar energy open day in partnership with Roger Parry & Partners. Alt-Group’s CEO Phil Mole welcomed everyone and spoke about Alt-Group’s turnkey approach to farm scale renewables. Richard Corbett, Partner at Roger Parry then spoke on maximising land values, whilst Jon Swain, Director at NFU Energy talked on the subject of setting the scene for the energy market and challenges for renewable energy.
Phil Mole explained the background of the WH Gittins & Sons’ solar installation, which forms part of Wykey Farm’s journey to transform a predominantly cereal producing arable farm into a modern mixed farming business focused on producing food, energy and environmental benefits.
Alt-Group has recently completed the installation of Solar PV onsite to complement a 1.9mw Anaerobic Digester and 4.8mw of Ground Source Heat Pump driven drying floors.
This project further cements WH Gittins & Sons’ net zero status, with the initial investment due to be paid back in less than 5 years.
Guests had the chance to ask questions to the expert panel, network and tour the farm.
Simon Gittins, Managing Partner at WH Gittins & Son said: “It was wonderful to see such a well-attended, enthusiastic response to Alt-Group’s and Roger Parry’s open day here at Wykey Farm . The success of the event is a testament to their innovative approach to grid connection and planning.”
Phil Mole, Alt-Group’s CEO added: “It was exciting for us to be able to show guests around the installation. This project further cements WH Gittins & Sons’ net zero status, with the initial investment due to be paid back in less than 5 years. Diversification is a continuous challenge for the modern farming enterprise and is it Alt-Group’s commitment to support customers to navigate through these challenges. Alt-Group’s solution to WH Gittins & Sons enables them to better utilise their grid capacity and provide a long-term revenue for the farm.”
Wykey Farm is located in Shropshire with an arable area of 1500ha. Cropping is wheat; OSR; grass; lucerne; hybrid rye; forage rye; maize; beet and potatoes.