• 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.

  • THE LACK of discussion from the UK Government on support for renewable energy is likely to cause disruption to community energy projects.

  • SUBSIDIES FOR new renewable energy installations are set to be slashed under proposals just published by the UK Government.

  • ONE OF Northern Ireland's most successful engineering companies, Williams Industrial Services, is launching its bespoke turn-key 150KW-3MW Anaerobic Digestion Plants for mainland UK farms.

  • WITH THE Tory Party now carrying out its pre-election pledge to cut support for onshore renewable energy, the Scottish Government is urging Westminster to maintain and increase specific support for renewables on Scotland's islands.

Wind Power

Wind Power

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

  • 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.

Solar Power

Solar Power

  • 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.

  • 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.



  • FIVE NEW varieties of forage maize for anaerobic digestion have been added to the British Society of Plant Breeder's 2016 Forage Maize Descriptive Lists.

  • CELTIC RENEWABLES has won a competition run by the Department for Transport, earning an £11m grant to help it build the world's first plant dedicated to the production of advanced biofuel from the residues of the whisky industry.

  • TWO SCOTTISH companies have announced a partnership to specialise in biomass for energy production in the industrial market.

  • BIOMASS HAS powered past wind as the renewable energy of choice on many Scottish farms and estates, providing cheap, consistent heat from the country's plentiful feedstock of mature forestry, and generally doing so without so much as a sniff of concern from the local planning authorities.

  • 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.

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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