• ONE OF Scotland's first commercial-scale solar parks is set to be constructed on farmland in Carmyllie, Arbroath.

  • 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.

  • 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: