• 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.

  • FLOORS FORESTRY, a home-grown biofuel and fencing business owned by the Duke of Roxburghe, will be offcially launched on Saturday, July 25, at the Border Union Show.

  • DAIRY FARMER David Finlay is leading the way in low input farming systems, having created the UK's first 25kw micro-anaerobic digester on his diversified farm.

  • A COMMUNITY-LED project which will deliver hydro electricity to the grid and power to the people, has come to fruition after a five-year gestation period.

Wind Power

Wind Power

  • 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.

  • FOLLOWING A recent visit to India to meet with RRB Energy, Scottish wind turbine installer Ecocel has announced that RRB are now offering a five year parts and labour manufacturer backed warranty as standard.

Solar Power

Solar Power

  • 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.

  • AN ABERDEENSHIRE egg business is to invest in a further 150kW-worth of solar PV panels after an earlier installation of 50 proved a 'resounding success'.



  • 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.

  • SCOTS SCIENTISTS have developed a way to turn an invasive weed that has been the bane of Cuban agriculture into a source of renewable energy.

  • RENEWABLE HEAT might not be the first type of energy which springs to mind when considering on-farm renewables.

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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