Driving Innovation in British Agriculture: Government Grants Towards Solar PV Now Available

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Published: 28/02/2024

The UK government has reinforced its commitment to bolstering the agricultural sector with a substantial injection of funds aimed at fostering innovation and sustainability. The Environment Secretary, Steve Barclay, unveiled plans to allocate an additional £45 million towards farming innovation, solidifying the government’s pledge to champion British agriculture.

In his inaugural address at the Country Land and Business Association conference, Barclay outlined a vision for a dynamic and forward-thinking agriculture industry. With nearly £168 million earmarked for investment this year alone, the government aims to empower farmers to embrace cutting-edge technologies, enhance productivity, and elevate animal welfare standards.

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A significant portion of the funding, approximately £30 million, will be allocated to the second round of the Improving Farming Productivity Grant. This initiative offers capital grants ranging from £25,000 to £500,000 for the adoption of robotic and automatic equipment, as well as support for solar installations, promoting energy resilience and renewable energy uptake on farms.

What Solar Funding Is Available?

Grants for up to 25% of the cost of install solar PV on roof space alongside battery storage.

What Does That Mean?

Under the Farm Productivity grant, the Government will look to fund between £15,000 and £100,000 towards solar equipment which can be fitted onto roof space, helping to increase energy efficiency, and helping farmers adopt renewable energy generation on farms.

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Moreover, nearly £8 million will be dedicated to the third round of the Large R&D Partnership, aimed at catalysing industrial research and experimental development projects. An additional £850,000 will be channelled into the Research Starter Round 4 competition, nurturing early-stage agricultural solutions and encouraging bold innovation.

The government’s commitment extends beyond financial support, with initiatives such as the Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund (NEIRF) facilitating private sector investment into nature projects. This aligns with the government’s ambitious target to stimulate over £500 million of private investment into nature recovery annually by 2027.

The Farming Innovation Programme, in collaboration with Innovate UK, has already yielded promising results, with projects like ‘The Fieldsman’ and advancements in fruit tree assessment demonstrating the transformative potential of innovation in agriculture.

As we embark on this journey of agricultural transformation, it is imperative for stakeholders to seize the opportunities presented by these funding initiatives. By harnessing innovation and embracing sustainable practices, British farmers can not only enhance productivity but also play a pivotal role in safeguarding our environment for future generations.

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