Alternative Land Uses - Renewable energy

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09 JUN 2023
Russell Farm, Port Lane, Hursley, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 5QP

About Renewable energy

Farm-based renewable energy projects can provide new sources of income and/or lower costs. There are many ways to achieve this, from renting out land for a long-term solar, battery or turbine lease, to a wide range of smaller installations that will cut farm energy costs and contribute to a more sustainable future for the business overall.

The supply chain from the farmgate onwards is already looking to agriculture to reduce its carbon footprint and, in turn, that of the whole chain, so investing in or hosting renewable energy projects can also have wider benefits from environment, social and governance perspectives.

So, what are the challenges and how can they be overcome?

Join Farmers Weekly live in June as an expert panel considers issues such as the availability of land, planning permission, the legal and tax implications, grid connectivity, regulatory and political uncertainty and community engagement.

Expert advice

Gain critical insights and guidance from those who built a diversification business

Case study tours

View the site/project on the day to see how it was diversified to create a new income stream

Networking opportunities

Meet like-minded farmers from across the UK farming industry to share experiences and ideas

Hear from speakers

Have your questions answered and discuss your ideas with professionals and peers



Networking breakfast/coffee


Welcome from Suzie Horne, business editor at Farmers Weekly

09:30 – 09:55

Guide to planning for renewable developments – 20 + 5 Q&A minutes

09:55 – 10:20

Guide to better farm energy use – looking at changing energy-use patterns, demand reduction, and opportunities for farmers to be paid for reducing demand – 20+ 5 Q&A minutes 

10:20– 10:45

Guide to tax implications for renewable developments – 20 + 5 Q&A minutes

10:45 – 11:00

Quick coffee/comfort break

11:00 – 11:25

Behind the meter – focus on solar rooftop to reduce energy demand and generate revenue – 20 + 5 Q&A minutes

11:25 - 11:50

Guide to legal implications for renewable developments – 20 + 5 Q&A minutes

11:50 – 12:15

Guide to large scale solar developments – worked examples of small and large (5MW and 25MW+) schemes – requirements, technical details, consenting process, revenue for landowner – 20 + 5 Q&A minutes

12:15 – 12:40

Host farmer’s presentation of the site together with an expert giving an overview on battery sites – requirements, what is a battery, consenting process, revenue for hosts – 20 + 5 Q&A minutes

12:40 – 14:00

Lunch and group site tours

14:00 – 14:35

Opportunities and challenges with all on-farm renewable developments – Q&A session with all advisors

14:35 – 14:40

Closing remarks

Meet the host

Suzie Horne is Farmers Weekly’s Business Editor. She has a Yorkshire family farming background and an HND in agricultural marketing and business administration.

Suzie has an extensive background in agricultural journalism and is interested in all farm business and rural issues.



Location and parking:

Russell Farm,
Port Lane,
SO22 5QP

There is ample parking a short walk away, for those with accessibility requirements there is parking directly next to the venue. Winchester Train station is a 10minute drive away.


Headline partner - Renewable energy

Conrad Energy

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