NFU helpline hooks farmers up with Fisher Ger

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NFU helpline hooks farmers up with Fisher German experts 

February 2012

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Fisher German is delighted to be selected as renewable energy advisor for the NFU’s new Farm Energy Service.  Farmers who use the service will receive guidance on energy efficiency and all kinds of renewable energy, including solar, biomass, hydro power, anaerobic digestion (AD), single wind turbines and wind farms. 

Advice will cover a range of issues, from selection of the most appropriate renewable energy source to planning and finance.  The firm’s advisors will be on call to help with a number of practical problems, such as what type of technology will suit the farm best and helping find a trustworthy supplier.
 
Commenting on Fisher German’s role, Mark Newton, renewable energy partner, said: “I am delighted that the NFU chose Fisher German out of a full tender process as one of the leading independent advisors in renewables across England and Wales and with an excellent track record to deliver this service.”
 
Fisher German consultants are well placed to give farmers the best possible guidance.  After almost ten years of advising estate owners and farmers on renewable energy, they draw on an abundant store of experience. This means they can help steer clients towards the most financially rewarding opportunities while side-stepping time-consuming or costly setbacks.   
 
For instance, renewable energy projects usually grind to a halt if planning applications are rejected by the local authority.  But Fisher German’s farm clients can be confident of receiving planning approval given the company’s track record: it has a 95% success rate on all planning applications - compared to a national average of 80%.
 
Advice from the Fisher German team will also ensure farmers avoid making decisions based on common misunderstandings about renewable energy, for instance:  
 

Common misunderstandings

Challenges

AD plants are unobtrusive so it’s easier to get planning permission

Transport of waste to the AD unit increases traffic and this may well affect the planning decision

Farmers site their turbines as far away from the farmhouse as possible so they can’t see them

Only a small piece of land may be suitable for the turbine due to aviation and overhead cables

It’s easy to get planning permission for solar panels on agricultural buildings

The solar panels may be too heavy for the building to support them

Following an initial enquiry and discussion, Fisher German can conduct a free desktop appraisal for NFU members. If the member decides to go ahead with a project using Fisher German, the company carries out a feasibility study and the member receives a discount on the company’s usual fee.
 
NFU members interested in the Farm Energy Service, they must contact the dedicated Farm Energy Service helpline for free initial advice:  0870 844 5700
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