• NEW STATISTICS from the DECC show Scotland almost meeting its 50% renewable electricity target a whole year ahead of schedule.

  • WEST HALL, near Cupar in Fife, is a 1450-acre farm with 1150 acres of arable land growing wheat, barley, oats, ware potatoes and broccoli.

  • FALLING OIL prices must not be used by either politicians or the public to justify a retreat from renewable energy.

  • FARMERS INTERESTED in renewable energy might want to add the following free Renewable Development Initiative events to their winter diaries.

  • CONFIDENCE IN renewables soared during 2014, with more and more farmers taking the plunge and investing in wind, solar and other green technologies - or at least offering site leases to developers.

Wind Power

Wind Power

  • 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.

  • WETHERBY-BASED wind turbine installer Earthmill has been awarded the Endurance Wind Power 'UK dealer of the year' award for its customer service and expertise in helping clients resolve planning issues.

  • THREE RENEWABLE energy companies have joined forces to offer wind turbine maintenance across the UK.

  • MEDIUM-SCALE wind manufacturer, Norvento, has set a new daily generation record for its nED100 turbine at Slagnaw Farm, in Castle Douglas.

Solar Power

Solar Power

  • 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'.

  • THE UK'S first fully operational floating solar panel system has been launched - quite literally - at Sheeplands Farm, Berkshire.

  • TO THE fury of solar power enthusiasts, UK Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has announced that farmers are to lose their right to claim subsidies for fields used for solar generation.



  • 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.

  • WHEN INSTALLING a biomass heating system, it is often the case that some of the last things to be considered are actually the most important aspects of the system.

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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