`Have a Go' Call to Farmers; Take Up Renewable Energy Challenge - Now

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FARMERS through- out Northern Ireland are recognising that they can harness `free' energy from the wind, sun or crops.

To encourage more farmers to take up the challenge, the Ecos Environmental Centre in Ballymena, with a range of partners including Eco Energy, NIE's alternative source of electricity supplied from renewable sources, is hosting a renewable energy seminar which will provide a practical, down- to-earth guide to implementing a small-scale renewable energy project.

To be held on Friday (April 19), the seminar will offer farmers and others expert advice from those with practical experience as well as an opportunity to talk to equipment suppliers and learn about sources of financial assistance.

John Gilliland, deputy president of the Ulster Farmers' Union and one of the first farmers in Northern Ireland to harness energy by growing willow, encourages other farmers to find out more.

"This seminar will offer an opportunity for other farmers to get a real insight into the practical aspects of using renewable energy and I would urge them to attend. …