29 April 1998
German farmers turn their hands to wind

ORGANIC wheat farmer Jess Jessen, from North Friesland, Germany, has turned his agricultural expertise to wind farming.

He, in common with an estimated 100,000 small investors and landowners, have been encouraged to launch themselves into wind energy, many forming community groups to share the initial cost.

Jessen and neighbouring farmers have built 17 windmills and supply enough electricity for a village of 10,000 people.

However they expect to wait at least 10 years before seeing any real returns. The venture means that instead of his neighbours being alienated by such a dramatic change to the landscape, there is acceptance that this is part of the evolving rural economy.

  • The Guardian 29/04/98 page 4-5