CUTS TO support for farm-scale green energy will hit UK farming while it is still reeling from the slump in food market returns and the shrinkage of European farm subsidies, industry bodies have warned.
WESTMINSTER'S cull of wind energy incentives will not properly begin til the start of 2016 - but farmers and landowners hoping to beat that deadline have now lost the ability to pre-accredit their installation at the current Feed in Tariff rate.
LOOKING AROUND Lanarkshire there is no shortage of wind turbines standing in farmers' fields - but despite being a self-avowed renewable energy fan, Andrew Stewart, takes no great satisfaction at the sight.
BELIEVED to be a first-time event, a wind turbine has been erected within a single working day at Whitslaid Farm, near Lauder, in the Scottish Borders, in order to prove just how simple the process can be.
SMALL TURBINE manufacturer Kingspan Wind has welcomed the announcement of the redrawn Feed in Tariff scheme, describing the news as "very helpful in terms to provide much needed clarity and confidence to the small wind sector".
PIONEERING FAMILY farming business Mackies of Scotland have announced the completion of the country's largest solar farm to date - an installation involving 7000 solar PV panels generating 1.5million kWh of energy.
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.
WITH UK grain prices at a six-year low and direct support payments to arable producers being cut by typically 20-30% under CAP reform, many farm businesses have been taking a long hard look at what they grow and why they grow it.
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.