• 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.

  • FARMERS INTERESTED in renewable energy might want to add the following free Renewable Development Initiative events to their winter diaries.

  • CONFIDENCE IN renewables soared during 2014, with more and more farmers taking the plunge and investing in wind, solar and other green technologies - or at least offering site leases to developers.

  • FOR THE first time, electricity generated from Scottish renewable sources has equalled the amount generated from fossil fuels.

Wind Power

Wind Power

  • 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.

  • THREE RENEWABLE energy companies have joined forces to offer wind turbine maintenance across the UK.

  • MEDIUM-SCALE wind manufacturer, Norvento, has set a new daily generation record for its nED100 turbine at Slagnaw Farm, in Castle Douglas.

  • FARM-SCALE turbine supplier Earthmill has strengthened its Scottish operation with a new sales team.

  • WHEN THE tail end of ex-hurricane Gonzalo crossed the Atlantic last month, it put an emphatic full stop on the UK's untypically glorious summer - but it also brought a welcome burst of income for wind farmers.

Solar Power

Solar Power

  • 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.

  • WIH SOLAR farms an established diversification opportunity in the South of England, renewables companies are increasingly turning their gaze on the North for further developments, according to Victoria Lancaster, head of renewables for H and H.



  • 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.

  • WHEN JIM Shanks decided to explore the viability of installing an anaerobic digestion system on his family's Standhill Farm, near Hawick, in the Scottish Borders, he did not muck about reading brochures from inexperienced UK companies - he took himself to Germany, where farm AD is tried and tested.

  • SCOTTISH renewables sector leader, Ayrshire-based VG Energy, installed no fewer than 195 biomass boilers in 2014.

Hydro Power

Hydro Power

  • 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.

  • A PERTHSHIRE farm which produces some of Scotland's highest quality wild venison and hill lamb has a new income stream - its own farmscale hydro electric scheme,

Farmer Right-hand Column