• 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.

  • MANY PEOPLE have gone down the route of diversification in their farm businesses, whether that's been selling farm produce, or opening a café in their steading, or - in more recent years - dabbling in renewables, but Stewart Gray at Milton Haugh near Carmyllie at Arbroath, has gone all out and done all three.

  • SOLAR WILL be the renewable energy to watch in 2014 according to rural experts.

  • WITH THE UK government legally committed to meeting 15% of the country's energy demand from renewable sources by 2020, there is currently an opportunity for landowners to play host to 'solar farms' - ranks of ground-mounted photo-voltaic panels feeding electricity into the national grid.

  • POTATO GROWERS facing hefty electricity bills for their cold stores are leading the adoption of solar power in Scotland.

  • THE GOVERNMENT decision to freeze the Feed-In Tariffs for any size Solar PV system for the remainder of 2013 is good news for Scotland, which is only beginning to take advantage of developments in Solar PV technology, according to Nick Green of Savills Energy.

  • IN THE future, more and more farmers will go completely "off grid", disconnecting from their power supplier and becoming self sufficient.

  • FAMILY-RUN ice-cream makers Mackie's are determined to become one of the greenest companies in Britain, and with the installation of solar panels adding to their existing wind turbines, it seems they are well on their way.

  • FOLLOWING THE slashing of the tariff subsidies for photovoltaic (PV) generation, last month's massive Ecobuild exhibition and conference in London provided powerful evidence – if it was needed – that reports of the death of the UK solar PV industry are most definitely premature.