First turbine installed at Kent offshore wind farm

An extension to an offshore wind farm in Kent has installed its first turbine. Vattenfall is building the Kentish Flats Offshore Extension Wind Farm, which is located 7km off Whitstable and Herne Bay off the Kent coast. Matthew Green, Vattenfall’s Project Director said: “One up, 14 to go. “Anyone watching from the shore will be […]

Irish firm adds 30MW of solar power in UK

An Irish renewable energy company has completed installing solar power plants with a total capacity of 30MW in the UK. BNRG Renewables has built a 20MW solar plant at Sycamore Farm in Kent, which will produce enough electricity to power more than 6,600 homes. Another 10MW Hill Farm facility in the Isle of Wight will […]

Vattenfall offers £50m in UK wind farm contracts

Firms in Kent are being called on by wind farm developer Vattenfall to take part in an offshore scheme, offering as much as £50 million in potential business opportunities. The Swedish firm is investing £150 million in developing the 15-turbine Kentish Flats Extension project after being granted consent by the UK Government last year. The […]

Compensation nearly tripled for Christmas power cut

Power has been restored to “all but four” homes in the South and South East of England following the turbulent storm last Monday, according to UK Power Networks. As a “goodwill gesture” the firm said it will nearly triple the compensation payments for being without power for 48-60 hours. Instead of the industry standard of […]

Vattenfall confirms £150m invesment in Kent wind farm

Swedish energy firm Vattenfall has confirmed plans to invest £150 million to extend its wind farm off the Kent coast. The UK Government gave its consent for the 49.5MW Kentish Flats Extension earlier this year, which will see the company add 15 turbines to the existing 30-turbine wind farm with a capacity of 90MW. The […]

Fairytale ending as castle saves £100,000 on energy bills

A Victorian mansion famed for its fairytale 14th century castle has saved £100,000 on its energy bills and cut carbon emissions by more than 400 tons. Located in Kent, the Scotney Castle (pictured) – owned by the National Trust – installed a 250kW wood-chip biomass boiler to provide hot water and heating to the historic […]

“Emotional” day as Kingsnorth coal plant officially closes

It was a sad and even emotional day for many workers at the Kingsnorth coal plant in Kent which officially closed today. After forty years of generating electricity, the 2,000MW plant – which pumped 1,940MW of that to the grid – has begun a two year-long decommissioning process which could lead to demolition. Energy supplier […]

£12m energy saving measures fund for low income homes

Around 1,400 low-income households in Kent and Medway will receive free energy saving installations to help bring down the cost of their energy bills. An initial £12 million worth of funding will see homes in seven pilot areas of Dartford, Gravesham, Medway, Swale, Thanet and Buckland/ Tower Hamlets and Aylesham in Dover retrofitted in the […]

Vestas win UK wind contract

A Danish wind turbine manufacturer has received a 68MW wind contract for the UK. Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) placed the order for 35 wind turbines for the Keadby Wind Farm project in Lincolnshire, which upon completion is expected to be the largest onshore wind farm in England. It is also expected to generate enough […]

E.ON mothballs Kent power station

Germany energy supplier E.ON is mothballing its oil-fired power station in Kent and plans to close the site by the last day of December this year. E.ON UK today announced the 33 year old oil-fired Grain-A power station will close three years earlier than first planned because of EU environmental regulations. The Grain-A plant, which […]