Cluster of Farms in Cumbria
Client: Multiple Farms
Location: Cumbria, UK
System Capacity: 100 kWp each
Technology: Anaerobic Digestion (AD)
N-ERGY provides maintenance contracts for Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants in farms in Cumbria. AD plants are beneficial for farms in the UK as they serve as waste disposal and a source of renewable energy at the same time. Farms can get rid of animal waste in an environmental way and generate electricity that can be exported to the grid for a certain Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rate which makes an extra income for the farm.
However, the challenge with these AD plants is the little maintenance they get. After the government has cut subsidies for biomass and other renewable energies, some AD developers have left the market. The maintenance services provided for farms are pricey and not very responsive and the lack of maintenance can significantly affect the amount of generated electricity and accordingly, the return on investment.
N-ERGY signed Operations and Maintenance (O&M) contracts with number of farms. Three of which are dairy farms in Cumbria; Justicetown, Skirwith Abbey and Crooklands. Each of these farms have two to three years old AD plants with over 100 kWp capacity. As part of the maintenance agreement, N-ERGY provides maintenance, four-hour callouts, troubleshooting, and routine service for them. N-ERGY ensures that the digester and CHP unit and all other components of the electrical connections are working properly, in addition to providing advice on the waste disposal practices and the quality of the biogas.