• HOPES THAT the UK government might scrap planned cuts in the incentives for farmscale anaerobic digestion plants have been dashed, with the news that as much as 50% might be knocked off the AD Feed-In Tariff over the next year.

  • INVESTMENT IN renewable energy equipment can bring with it a whole host of unique insurance problems.

  • DUMFRIES AND Galloway farmers with an interest in renewable technology might be interested in this month's third on-farm demo day organised by NFU Scotland's Renewable Development Initiative.

  • FOLLOWING THE success of the 'Practical On-farm Renewable Energy' event last February, a similar event will be held at CAFRE's Enniskillen campus on Wednesday, February 26, this year.

  • VG ENERGY has been awarded a contract to provide technical support and planning works to the National Health Service for two wind turbine development projects on the Shetland Isles.

Wind Power

Wind Power

  • 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.

  • A FAMILY farm in Crail, Fife, is now the site of the third WTN marque turbine to be installed in Scotland, joining the 12 others currently operating across the UK.

  • SCOTS WIND energy expert VG is actively seeking out either landowners with turbine consents in place, or landowners who believe their land to be suitable for a wind turbine, to take advantage of an enhanced turbine investment offer.

  • A 'SUPER-EFFICIENT' new turbine from Endurance has made its UK debut on a farm at Liskeard, in Cornwall.

  • SCOTTISH Natural Heritage has stepped up its scrutiny of wind turbines and their impact on wildlife, with a new e-mail reporting system to allow the public to call-in bird collisions with turbines

Solar Power

Solar Power

  • 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.

  • THE GOVERNMENT decision to freeze the Feed-In Tariffs for any size Solar PV system for the remainder of 2013 is good news for Scotland, which is only beginning to take advantage of developments in Solar PV technology, according to Nick Green of Savills Energy.

  • IN THE future, more and more farmers will go completely "off grid", disconnecting from their power supplier and becoming self sufficient.



  • LAMPOONING Germans for their pursuit of efficiency is a curiously British habit - and one that doesn't really stand up to much rational scrutiny.

  • SCOTTISH FARMERS with an interest in renewable technology were able to take advantage of an on-farm demo day organised by NFU Scotland's Renewable Development Initiative last week.

  • SCOTTISH 'CARBON capture' pioneers, Forest Carbon, have been 'highly commended' in the UK Sustainability Leaders Awards.

  • LONGLOCH FARM enjoys a spectacular position on the southern corner of the Kingdom of Fife, high up on the hill above Kirkcaldy, with Burntisland to its south on the coast.

  • USING A combination of biomass and solar power has turned out to be the perfect combination for chicken farmers looking to diversify - and save money.

Hydro Power

Hydro Power

  • 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.

  • GLEN HYDRO has announced a 'joint venture' with well-established European hydro developer Hydropol, which has its head office in the Czech Republic.

  • HYDRO SCHEMES can produce very attractive returns - but also require huge investment, so farmers must take a conscientious look at what is on offer before parting with their cash.

Farmer Right-hand Column