Sustainability

Rhug Estate covers 5,018 hectares of breath-taking scenery across central and coastal areas in north Wales and its charm is more than skin deep, with sustainability firmly at the heart of the business’ mission. When Lord Newborough took over the estate management from his father in 1998, it was his vision which shaped a wholly sustainable farming model, which includes high standards of animal welfare, and a sustainable use of natural resources, for which Rhug won a ‘Footprint Award’ through its renewable heat and power generation.

Renewable Energy

The installed capacity of the renewable energy schemes on the estate ranges from 4KW to 5MW, and generated electricity is either used on site or exported to the grid.

Solar

The solar technology ranges from 4KW to 1,235KW at Rhug plus a 5MW scheme on the coast and was installed from 2011 to 2016, making use of the Feed-in Tariff.

Wind Turbines

We have two 225KW wind turbines on the coast, they are located at Caernarfon Airport, home to Wales Air Ambulance and HM Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopters.

Energy Storage

The estate has two 7KW electric vehicle chargers. The solar array behind the farm shop supplies the retail complex, the offices and the EV chargers, before exporting any excess to the grid.

Heat Pumps

We’re gradually rolling out heat-pumps to both residential and commercial properties on the estate, these are mostly air-source systems, but we also have some ground-source systems.

Net Zero

Reaching net zero in agriculture is top priority for government and the farming industry, and renewable energy is only one contributing factor to this, according to Lord Newborough.

Hydro

We have a 7.5KW Francis water turbine and heat pump at the end of the lake in front of Rug Hall. On the river Alwen, we also have an Archimedes screw, that drives another hydro-electric power scheme.

Electric Vehicle Chargers

Battery technologies are a current consideration for the estate. Eyes and minds are always open to new technologies as they emerge.

Energy Storage

Battery technologies are a current consideration for the estate. Eyes and minds are always open to new technologies as they emerge.