• ONE OF Northern Ireland's most successful engineering companies, Williams Industrial Services, is launching its bespoke turn-key 150KW-3MW Anaerobic Digestion Plants for mainland UK farms.

  • WITH THE Tory Party now carrying out its pre-election pledge to cut support for onshore renewable energy, the Scottish Government is urging Westminster to maintain and increase specific support for renewables on Scotland's islands.

  • THE LATEST government announcements in relation to green energy have the potential to undermine what remains of the fragile investor confidence in the UK renewables industry, according to Savills UK's head of renewable energy, Nick Green.

  • DEFENDING THE use of agricultural land to produce non-food crops intended for use in biodigesters, the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association has insisted that its members are complying with voluntary guidelines on best practice.

  • JIMMY IRELAND has run his farm at Feoch, Darvel, with his three sons, James, Gavin and Andrew, contentedly for some time, and at one point, he scoffed at the idea of renewable energy.

Wind Power

Wind Power

  • MINISTERS HAVE refused consent for the proposed 31-turbine wind farm at Allt Duine near Kincraig.

  • THE SCOTTISH Government has pulled the plug on two major wind farm developments - the proposed Beinn Mhor wind farm on the edge of Glen Affric, and a major development adjacent to the East Halladale Flows wild land area in Caithness.

  • PERTH-BASED RM Energy will be running a free-of-charge project consultation service during this year's All-Energy event in Glasgow.

  • ESPE, THE latest wind turbine manufacturer to strike an installation partnership deal with Scottish renewables powerhouse VG Energy, will have a machine on show at next month's All-Energy exhibition and conference in Glasgow.

  • CROFTHEAD FARM in Ayrshire, the base of Sorn Milk, has recently embarked on a renewables journey which its owner, David Shaw, hopes has guaranteed a financially stable future for him and his family.

Solar Power

Solar Power

  • IN a surprise move on July 21, the Department of Energy and Climate Change indicated moves that will reduce the Feed-in-Tariff on some projects and set out proposals to remove the Renewable Obligations subsidies for solar projects up to 5mW.

  • GROUND MOUNTED solar PV could return £5k a year to farmers willing to give up just 1.5 acres of land.

  • ONE OF Scotland's first commercial-scale solar parks is set to be constructed on farmland in Carmyllie, Arbroath.

  • SCONE ESTATES has successfully completed the installation of a 50kW roof mounted solar PV system.

  • SOLAR POWER will prosper without subsidies in Britain as early as 2020, according to a new report which uses the experience of Germany to project the outlook for the UK's solar sector.



  • TWO SCOTTISH companies have announced a partnership to specialise in biomass for energy production in the industrial market.

  • BIOMASS HAS powered past wind as the renewable energy of choice on many Scottish farms and estates, providing cheap, consistent heat from the country's plentiful feedstock of mature forestry, and generally doing so without so much as a sniff of concern from the local planning authorities.

  • IMPORTANT INDUSTRY developments for biomass suppliers and the owners and operators of biomass installations which come into effect later this year will be aired at a free seminar later this month.

  • NEW RESEARCH has pinpointed five strains of yeast capable of turning agricultural by-products, such as straw, sawdust and corncobs, into bioethanol, the alcohol-based biofuel that can be used in cars.

  • BIOMASS SUPPLIERS and the owners and operators of biomass installations are being urged to attend a free seminar at Queens Hotel, Lockerbie, later this month to learn about important industry developments coming into effect in October, 2015.

Hydro Power

Hydro Power

  • WITH THE reduction in feed-in tariffs for new renewable energy projects as the number of installations increase, there is a view that if you are not already on board you have missed the boat.

  • A SMALL scale hydro electric scheme near Crianlarich is to be the first of its kind to benefit from a funding arrangement which could signal a new phase for the small scale renewables industry.

  • WITH AVERAGE annual rainfall approaching an incredible two metres in some areas, the Isle of Arran off the west coast of Scotland can provide challenging conditions for farming - however, for Dougarie Estate, that amount of rain is just what their newly commissioned hydro-electric generation project needs.

  • SCOTLAND'S FIRST Minister Alex Salmond has hailed pumped storage hydro as the 'natural complement' to Scotland's renewables revolution, and argued the case for transferring energy policy powers to Holyrood.

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

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