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Energy and environment

Supporting renewable energy production

Whether you’re already using some of your available space to produce renewable energy, or are thinking of diversifying, see how we can help.

Traditional farming has branched out to take advantage of generating renewable energy through land previously used for crops and livestock.

Not only is it low-carbon, agricultural businesses producing their own energy drive down costs and can offset their own energy use or increase profit, by selling surplus energy back to the grid. This makes renewable energy an attractive proposition – all that’s needed is a little investment and, of course, the land to operate it from.

So if you’re thinking of diversifying, see if we could help. We have a range of financing options that could see your business grow. You’ll also have access to our support network, including scale-up specialists and experienced relationship directors.

Our vision

With a dedicated team of Energy Relationship Directors, our understanding of energy is sector-leading – from generating energy by harnessing the environment for wind, solar, ground source heat pump, wood chip burners or anaerobic digestion, through to storing that energy. If your farm is suitable to generate sustainable energy for home or business use, for export to the grid, or if you want to store it for future use, we can help.

Green bank

Through our Green Bank initiative, we’ve developed the Barclays Green Loan – a term-lending product where the proceeds of financing are used for eligible green projects. Qualifying environmental themes and activities, defined in the Green Product Framework, include: renewable energy, green transport, and green activities connected to policies, regulations and training.

Agricultural finance

Helping you finance your farming business

From our agriculture fund and agricultural mortgages, to short-term finance to help you through challenging markets, we have a range of products to help you sustain or grow your business.

Farm diversification

Helping an award-winning winemaker sparkle

Find out how tenant farmer Charles Palmer’s decision to diversify into vineyards led to success.

Technology in agriculture

The impact of smartphones and apps on farming

Mike Hambly is a fast-moving farmer with an app for everything. See how smartphones are changing the way he manages his business.

Fraud in farming

Preventing farm subsidy fraud

Get some tips to help protect yourself against financial crime, including being wary of impersonators, information seekers and unusual transactions.

Financial support for farmers

Wensleydale farmer knew where to go for finance

How we helped one dairy farmer with the finance needed to get through tough times.

Farming technology

Modernising for long-term success

Discover how the Williams family is using farming technology to get the most from their farm.

Farming transformation

From broiler chickens to home-grown British cassis

Jo Hilditch has taken her family business into new areas. Not content with chicken production, her farm now produces apples and blackcurrants.

Contact us

Get in touch with our agricultural team

Whether you're looking for a bank account, an agricultural mortgage or to discuss the seed of an idea, your local Agricultural Manager can help.

Don't bank with us yet?

Call us on 0800 515 462. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm1.