Driving down energy costs with renewables

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The launch of an innovative renewables hub at Glenskinno Farm has been hailed a ‘huge success’, after more than 60 agricultural and rural businesses from across Scotland and north England attended the site’s first open day.

Based at the farm, Glenskinno Biofuels was developed further to a partnership between Glasgow based renewables experts Absolute and farm owners the Gall family, and consists of a collection of green energy solutions designed to help drive down energy bills and reduce the impact of operations on the environment.

Visitors attending the launch were given the opportunity to see the types of technology introduced, including the unveiling of a 1mW biomass powered drying facility - a popular feature amongst visitors which is thought to be the largest chip drying facility in the region.

An arable farm, Glenskinno is a high energy user and, in 2014 the Gall family decided to investigate opportunities to diversify - taking into consideration its available resource and land, with specific focus on its extensive woodland area.

Iain Gall, of Glenskinno Farm added: “The project has been absolutely fantastic, and we have been so involved with each stage. The combination of years of knowledge in traditional farming, and renewable expertise has been an incredible joint force. I believe this has ultimately lead to the success of Glenskinno Biofuels, and we are incredibly proud of the results”