Cover Story: The wind turbines that failed to generate – a cautionary tale for farmers

Was it the fault of the manufacturer or the installer?
Was the compensation offered sufficient?
Whatever the verdict, says one farmer who invested $140,000, ‘we lost our shirt on it. It’s been a nightmare for us’


Dairyman Steve Veldman has a reputation for creatively cutting energy costs. His electricity bill is an astonishingly low $500 a month to milk 75 cows on the family farm. One particular innovation, that improved milk cooler efficiency by 50 per cent, paid off this year with both a Premier’s Award for Innovation and an Oxford County Federation of Agriculture award for the same.

Better Farming - JuneJuly 2009