• 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.

  • COMING UP soon in the programme of farm energy events from Scotland's Renewable Development Initiative are the following open days, free to farmers and land managers to attend:

  • A WIND energy firm has written to the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition calling on them to support Feed-in Tariffs after the General Election next year.

  • IT IS important to save as many natural resources for future generations as possible - and we can do that by ensuring we use as much renewable energy as we can.

  • Scotland has managed to establish itself as world-leader in renewable energy under the rule of the Westminster government, and remaining in the union presents a unique opportunity to make things even better.

  • NEW FIGURES from the Department of Energy and Climate Change show that Scotland's renewable electricity generation in the first half of 2014 was 30% higher, compared to the same period in 2013.

  • ALTHOUGH SCOTTISH local authority planning statistics show that the time taken to determine renewable applications has improved, delays in securing grid connections and uncertainty over future funding continue to stall development, Savills Energy in Scotland chief Nick Green has warned.

  • VG ENERGY's new sales director, Gordon Smith, who joins the market-leading renewables installer bringing 37 years of sales and engineering experience in the agricultural sector, most recently from a 10 year stint at Gordon Claas dealers.