• ALTHOUGH SCOTTISH local authority planning statistics show that the time taken to determine renewable applications has improved, delays in securing grid connections and uncertainty over future funding continue to stall development, Savills Energy in Scotland chief Nick Green has warned.

  • VG ENERGY's new sales director, Gordon Smith, who joins the market-leading renewables installer bringing 37 years of sales and engineering experience in the agricultural sector, most recently from a 10 year stint at Gordon Claas dealers.

  • DETAILS OF official plans to protect Scotland's people, environment and economy from the impacts of climate change have been published.

  • THERE ARE two upcoming renewable energy open days, free to attend for farmers and land managers, this month.

  • BUSINESS ADVISERS and accountants, Scott-Moncrieff, in partnership with Community Energy Scotland, have won a place on the Scottish Government's Community and Renewable Energy Scheme framework.

Wind Power

Wind Power

  • THE TREND for crowd-funding has hit the renewable sector with a UK company offering investors the change to put their money into wind-power.

  • ABERDEENSHIRE FARMER Roger Glennie recently hosting an open day to showcase the newly-installed Earthmill wind turbine at his Hill Head of Ardo unit.

  • THE LOCHLUICHART Wind Farm just outside Garve in Ross-shire has been officially opened, under its new moniker 'The Spinny Turners'.

  • AFTER YEARS under Ministry of Defence restrictions, the windswept farmers and landowners of Eskdalemuir are to be allowed to put up wind turbines.

  • A British company has secured a deal with US wind turbine manufacturer Bergey to provide the UK market with an affordable, low-cost, 6 kW wind turbine.

Solar Power

Solar Power

  • WIH SOLAR farms an established diversification opportunity in the South of England, renewables companies are increasingly turning their gaze on the North for further developments, according to Victoria Lancaster, head of renewables for H and H.

  • MANY PEOPLE have gone down the route of diversification in their farm businesses, whether that's been selling farm produce, or opening a café in their steading, or - in more recent years - dabbling in renewables, but Stewart Gray at Milton Haugh near Carmyllie at Arbroath, has gone all out and done all three.

  • SOLAR WILL be the renewable energy to watch in 2014 according to rural experts.

  • WITH THE UK government legally committed to meeting 15% of the country's energy demand from renewable sources by 2020, there is currently an opportunity for landowners to play host to 'solar farms' - ranks of ground-mounted photo-voltaic panels feeding electricity into the national grid.

  • POTATO GROWERS facing hefty electricity bills for their cold stores are leading the adoption of solar power in Scotland.



  • A NEW compact anaerobic digester aimed specifically at the farm market has been launched by Devon-based developers NGB.

  • With harvest underway, the good news for one Arbroath farmer is that investment in two batch boilers has slashed his potential grain drying costs by around 70%.

  • THIS SPRING saw Keswick farmer, Steven Clarke, take a different direction in diversification when he planted 28 acres of willow.

  • INCREASING numbers of homes and businesses are recognising the environmental, efficiency and economic benefits of switching to wood-fired heating systems - but there is still confusion about which fuel source to opt for.

  • IN A major coup, VG Energy has signed a new dealer agreement with the world's leading manufacturer of heating technology systems, Viessmann.

Hydro Power

Hydro Power

  • PLANNED reductions to the feed-in-tariff threaten the future of the hydro industry as developers rush to push schemes through planning.

  • A PERTHSHIRE farm which produces some of Scotland's highest quality wild venison and hill lamb has a new income stream - its own farmscale hydro electric scheme,

  • WHEN OLIVER Routledge and his wife Shara took over his dad's farm at Selcoth near Moffat two years ago, the family had already been looking into the prospect of installing a hydro power scheme on the land.

  • FIRST MINISTER Alex Salmond has announced that Scotland should aim to double its hydro electric output in 10 years, and that the country is on the brink of a hydro power 'renaissance'.

  • WHILE IT pours down outside during the winter months - and most of the rest of the year, for that matter - being more efficient with water is probably one of the last things on farmers' minds as they prepare for the year ahead.

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