German investment firm buys onshore wind farm in Finland

The purchase of the 14.4MW facility marks Aquila Capital’s first wind investment in the country

Scottish wind farm refused planning consent

A Scottish wind farm has been refused planning consent. Following a public enquiry, Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, decided the proposed Keirs Hill project in East Ayrshire would impact too heavily on the surrounding area to go ahead. The 17-turbine wind farm was judged too tall as well as being […]

Tory MPs call on PM to use EU farming subsidies to protect the environment

A total of 36 Conservative MPs are urging Theresa May to shift billions of pounds of post-Brexit farm subsidies towards protecting the environment. Through the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), UK farmers receive £3 billion annually. In a letter, the Tory MPs are calling on the Prime Minister to “take advantage of the repatriation of CAP by shifting […]

Amazon plans Virginia’s largest solar project

Amazon has teamed up with a green energy development firm to build an 80MW solar farm in Virginia. Amazon Solar Farm US East is expected to generate around 170,000MWh of electricity a year from October 2016 – the equivalent of powering 15,000 homes. It is being developed as part of a joint venture with Community Energy and will […]

Nottingham waste and maize energy plant opens

A power plant fuelled by farm waste, manure and maize opened in Nottinghamshire yesterday. The new plant – built on a 2,500-acre family farm itself – uses anaerobic digestion (AD) to break the fuel into a biogas and then burns that to generate electricity. Developers say it is the UK’s largest on-farm AD facility to […]

Plans for UK’s largest solar farm move on to next stage

Plans for the UK’s largest solar farm have moved on to the next stage after Swindon Borough Council gave its approval to the project. The 40MW development is set to be built on a former airfield at Wroughton in Wiltshire. The farm’s 160,000 panels – spread across 170 acres – should generate enough power for […]

Centrica plans to abandon £2bn offshore wind farm

The British Gas owner Centrica is preparing to abandon plans for a £2 billion offshore wind farm because government subsidies are too low, according to reports. In June DECC announced draft strike prices of £155/MWh for offshore wind projects that begin operating in 2014-15, dropping down to £135/MWh for projects that start running in 2018-19. […]

Oldest wind farm in Wales may get new lease of life

The oldest wind farm in Wales may get a new lease on life more than 20 years after it started generating power. Since the project was built in Ryd-y-Groes on Anglesey in 1992 wind technology has come a long way and now fewer turbines could generate more power. The 24-turbine site is owned by TGP […]

Contracts worth £2.1bn to triple wind power in Norway

Norway has awarded contracts worth around 20 billion kroner (£2.1 bn) to build eight new wind farms in a bid to triple its wind power capacity. The contracts agreed with SAE Vind, Sarepta Energi and Zephyr will add 1.3GW of wind energy in the country – enough to power 185,000 homes – bringing the total […]

MPs reject ‘green’ EU farm regulations

UK MPs have rejected the EU’s new ‘greening’ regulations and claim it could harm the environment. This comes as the European Commission published its proposals for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) today. The report wants to ‘green’ the CAP with  30% of farm subsidies to be conditional on meeting certain ‘greening’ measures. The […]