Energetic South Yorkshire young farmer backs going green

Young famer James Wilks, from Harthill, Rotherham
Young famer James Wilks, from Harthill, Rotherham
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BRIGHT ideas on renewable energy will be presented to industry experts from across the UK by a young farmer from South Yorkshire.

James Wilks, from Harthill, between Sheffield and Rotherham, has won the chance to speak at the Energy Now Expo, which takes place tomorrow and Thursday, in Telford, Shropshire.

He entered a competition in which entrants were asked: “If money was no object, what renewable energy or energy management technology system would you implement to help benefit the farming community?”

James, chairman of Pleasley Young Farmers, said: “I have long had a passion for renewable energy in farming and am actively involved in the industry, both in my work and social life.

“Many farm businesses are seeing the benefits of both wind and solar schemes in reducing the amount of electricity consumed from the grid as well as steady income stream.”

“I would incorporate both of these technologies as well as a farm scale anaerobic digester, the latter to provide short-term operating reserves for times when solar or wind output is low.

“The anaerobic digester could also be run as a community scheme, whereby domestic green waste, for example, could supplement manure in a bid to increase gas production.”