• AMIDST ALL the competition and confusion that characterises the renewables sector and its ever-changing rulebook, Scots-based lawyers Brodies LLP have carved out an authoritative niche with their regular online blog detailing the sector's development.

  • NEXT MONTH, All-Energy 2015, the UK's largest renewable energy exhibition and conference, will open in its new home, Glasgow's SECC, for two days - May 6 and 7 - and the expectation is that up to 7000 people from home and overseas will visit the exhibition, to make new contacts, source suppliers and attend conferences which have been 'streamed' into distinct sections to cater for different audience groups, including the farming community.

  • 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.

Wind Power

Wind Power

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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