• NEWTON STEWART dairy farmer, Ian Service, will open his doors to farmers and the renewables community for the third - and final - time next Thursday, November 12.

  • 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.

  • WORK IS set to commence on a second solar park project near Arbroath, Angus, within Robert Ramsay's Kinblethmont Estate.

  • WESTMINSTER'S PLAN to slash the Feed In Tariff paid on farmscale renewable energy will 'kneecap' the sector in Scotland and should be fiercely resisted.

Wind Power

Wind Power

  • 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.

  • DANISH TURBINE manufacturer, Solid Wind Power, has appointed two dealers to install, supply and maintain their 25kW turbines in the UK.

  • 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".

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

Solar Power

Solar Power

  • SCOTLAND'S LARGEST live solar farm received an industry stamp of approval this week after it was listed as a finalist in the Scottish Green Energy Awards.

  • 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.

  • 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.



  • 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.

  • FARMING AND contractor partnership, Magnus and Alistair Sinclair, from Fiddesbeg Farm, Ellon, in Aberdeenshire, have long been involved in recycling farm waste to land.

  • FARMERS LOOKING for a crop to grow on flood-prone land that can improve soil health without the need to apply additional fertiliser may soon have the answer.

  • SCOTLAND'S anaerobic digestion industry - which turns rotting food and farm waste into electricity - has mushroomed by more than two thirds in a year, new figures show.

  • RESEARCHERS IN Kansas have warned that several of the plants now being grown as biofuel crops can be as invasive as the worst weeds, spreading rapidly and overwhelming surrounding natural ecosystems.

Hydro Power

Hydro Power

  • SCOTLAND HAS never been short of water running down its hills, so hydro schemes can be an attractive option where the landscape - and the available funding - is right.

  • 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.

Farmer Right-hand Column