• ALL-ENERGY, the UK's largest renewable and sustainable energy exhibition and conference, is being held at Glasgow's SECC on May 4 and 5, with a special 90 minute conference session aimed at the farming community - "the Future of renewables and energy management in the rural sector".

  • YORKSHIRE-BASED renewables specialist, Earthmill, has expanded with the launch of a new division dedicated to servicing and maintaining wind turbines.

  • Renewables, promoted so vigorously to the rural sector as a land of opportunity and social responsibility, have lost much of their gloss - not least because of rates for Feed-in Tariffs for solar and onshore wind being slashed, degression across Renewable Heat Incentive rates for biomass, and the end of the Green Deal.

  • THERE could be blackouts - or at least brownouts - in the UK next winter.

  • 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.

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

  • ECO-EXTRAORDINAIRE farmer, entrepreneur and pilot, John Mckenzie, from Dingwall, is taking his green business to new heights thanks to funding from Resource Efficient Scotland’s SME loan scheme.

  • SCOTLAND'S Solar Trade Association has proposed a set of measures that would help solar energy play a part in the Scottish Government's plans to meet 100% of electricity demand from renewables by 2020.

  • 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.



  • Scotland’s Royal Highland Centre has gone green, with the installation of a substantial wood-fuelled biomass boiler to heat Ingliston House and the MacRobert Pavilion. 

  • IN MY opinion, gasification/biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems could very well be the holy grail of renewable energy. But, and there is always a but, it is not for everyone and there are some key considerations when looking at investing in this relatively new technology.

  • EVERY YEAR, more than a million tonnes of wood is used as fuel in Scotland, but changes are afoot which could affect this thriving sector.

  • Environment minister, Dr Aileen McLeod, has welcomed an increase in the use of woodfuel in Scotland as excellent news for small scale rural businesses – and for Scotland’s effort to cut carbon emissions.

  • THE Scottish Government must plant more trees to secure the future of Scotland’s £1bn forestry and timber industry, according to sector trade body, Confor.

Hydro Power

Hydro Power

  • THE UK’S 'new' hydro industry is 100% Scottish, with new research showing that all projects with planning permission are north of the Border.

  • HYDRO developer, Dulas, has begun construction on two new medium-scale hydro schemes in central Scotland.

  • 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.

Farmer Right-hand Column