Distributed wind company United Wind Inc. has announced a new agreement with Farmer’s Business Network Inc. (FBN), an independent farmer-to-farmer network that spans over 13 million acres of member farms.
United Wind is now offering its WindLease through FBN’s farmer-direct marketplace. According to United Wind, WindLease allows FBN members to lease a small wind system for no money down, stabilize their electricity costs over the long term and save money on their utility bills on day one.
United Wind handles all responsibilities related to development, construction, and operations and maintenance of the wind system; in turn, customers can focus on their farm operations.
“Farmers are being squeezed on both sides by low crop prices and high input and energy costs,” says Charles Baron, co-founder and vice president of products for FBN. “By stabilizing electricity rates over the long term, farmers can hedge against these rising utility rates and create certainty in their energy costs and produce renewable energy right on their farm. On-farm energy production strengthens farmers’ independence.”
United Wind says it will also provide exclusive benefits and pricing to FBN members.
“FBN members operate complex businesses. They are always looking at ways to improve their bottom line and ensure the sustainability of their farm for today and the next generation,” says Russell Tencer, CEO of United Wind. “Our WindLease provides a turnkey solution to meet those objectives and take the wind that was once a nuisance and turn it into a source of economic gain.”