Poultry farmers have significant opportunity to utilize Renewable Energy solutions for cutting costs, reducing carbon and generating significant returns on investment.


Producers looking to heat their sheds for young broilers face a large range choice in terms of the technologies available. Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) has been the traditional fuel of choice, but renewables are growing very fast in popularity as the cost reduces, returns increase and producers can see the benefit of reducing carbon emissions. Options include:

  • Ground Source Heat Pumps. Producers are successfully raising temperatures in winter whilst also offering the unique advantage of cooling sheds in the summer. Running costs are generally 25% to 50% cheaper depending on the displaced fuel, while carbon emissions are reduced by approximately 75% compared to LPG.
  • Biomass Boilers. Systems burning woodchip, straw or poultry litter are all an option for producers


Solar and poultry sheds are often the perfect match because energy consumption in poultry laying houses is highest during the summer day light hours when cooling and ventilation demands are greatest. Many systems are also best deployed with a battery storage system. The battery will store excess power produced by the solar which can then be used at times when demand is high. Excess electricity can also be sold back to the grid at a time when tariffs prices are good.

Example Solar PV for Poultry Layer Unit

Technologies for Poultry Farming

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