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Charlotte Smith finds out how farms are generating renewable energy and getting paid to sell it to the National Grid.
The EU has set targets for 15% of the UK's energy to come from renewable resources by 2015. Currently only 3% comes from renewables, and the government sees farms playing an increasing role in meeting these targets.
A visit to a Staffordshire farm shows waste food from supermarkets bins and kitchen composters being converted to electricity and fertiliser. And a trip to Warwickshire shows one county council trialling a wind turbine project, which it hopes to roll out across its council-owned farms.
Solar energy is proving one of the most popular ways to generate renewable energy on farm. There are nearly 30 thousand solar installations in the UK, and Farming Today visits Herefordshire where one farmer has integrated solar power with his chicken business.
Presenter: Charlotte Smith Producer: Melvin Rickarby.
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