Nothing to fear from green power

A MORPETH estate expert has told landowners there is nothing to fear from green power.

Simon Beeby, who is a partner in Strutt and Parker’s Morpeth office, urged farmers and landowners to switch on to new forms of power as he addressed the North East Renewable Energy Event in County Durham.

The conference, which was organised by the Country Land and Business Association, attracted around 150 delegates from across the region to find out more from industry experts and people with first-hand experience of renewable energy schemes.

Mr Beeby said: “There is a lot of information out there and it is important not to be bamboozled by choice and science.

“It can be difficult to sort out the wheat from the chaff and you need to step back.

“There is no need to be scared of renewable energy as long as it is approached in a strategic fashion with an organised plan.

“A lot of people are worried about taking that first step, but it is not that scary. Much of it is tried and tested now, as are many of the financial returns.”

Mr Beeby said it is important that people do not just embrace energy production, but also look to conserve energy.

“The income earning potential is a very obvious driving force and that is understandable, but it is also clear that our clients want to look after their assets and make them viable for future generations. Stewardship can be as important as financial reward,” he added.

He advised landowners to audit their current energy use, take measures to reduce it, research the opportunities for energy generation, weigh up the pros and cons, consider the financial opportunities and carry out careful monitoring.