Farm Ireland

Monday 11 December 2017

On-farm turbines can slash high bills

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

ONE of the new options available for farms eager to slash their energy bills is the Bergey wind turbines.

SIAC Wind Energy, a member of the long-established construction group, SIAC, is one of the latest companies to join the renewable energy revolution.

The Co Laois-based firm is the main dealer throughout Ireland and Britain for the 'worry free' Bergey turbines built in Oklahoma, USA.

Pat Ahern, spokesman for SIAC Wind Energy, said one of the key points with the Bergey BWC Excel turbine is that once installed they require very little maintenance, which keeps owners' costs down.

Some of the advantages include reducing electricity bills for farms and offers the opportunity to sell excess energy back to the grid.

Given the windy conditions which Ireland endures during most of the year, wind turbines are viewed as a viable energy source for farmers seeking to reduce extremely costly electricity bills.

Mr Ahern explained that the turbines are designed to last for 30 or more years, come with a free 10-year guarantee and have very low noise levels.

Estimates suggest the turbines will pay for themselves in an eight to 10-year period, depending on factors such as usage levels and the site location.

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"It uses a permanent magnet alternator for generation and relies on a simple but proven design, and this is part of the reason for its long life expectancy and the 10-year guarantee," Mr Ahern said.

The 10kW turbine can be installed on unsheltered sites away from buildings to reduce energy bills for households, agricultural businesses and small industries. A 5kW Bergey turbine is set to come on the market later this year.

They can also withstand strong winds and continue to operate as proven by their installation across America's tornado alley in Oklahoma, Mr Ahern added.

"It uses an autofurl system which provides automatic protection against strong winds or storms and does not have to be stopped or have any brakes applied during storm conditions," he said.

Irish Independent