Biggest UK onshore wind farm opens

Pen y Cymoedd, the UK’s largest onshore wind farm, has been officially opened by Carwyn Jones, the First Minister of Wales.

The 76-turbine wind farm cost £400 million to build and has the capacity to produce 228MW of power.

The wind farm began operating in the spring.

> View Vattenfall's announcement

 

Solar trade body seeks new CEO

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has begun the process of replacing Paul Barwell, its out-going chief executive.

Barwell announced his decision to leave the trade body earlier in the year.

Renewables recruitment firm Igloo3 has been hired to search for his successor

> See the STA's statement

 

Subsidy-free solar farm unveiled

Claire Perry, the UK Minister for Climate Change & Industry, has officially opened Anesco’s Clayhill solar farm and energy storage facility near Flitwick in Bedfordshire.

Clayhill is billed as the first solar farm in the UK to operate without a government subsidy.

The 10MW solar farm will generate enough power for some 2,500 homes.

> Read Anesco's announcement

 

Hydrogen fuel cell scheme starts generating

The “surf and turf” community hydrogen fuel cell project on Orkney is underway.

Electricity generated by devices at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) is being used to produce hydrogen, which is then being stored at Kirkwall harbour.

The hydrogen will be turned back into electricity to power the Aberdeen-to-Kirkwall ferry when it’s in dock.

> See EMEC's announcement

 

Greencoat looks to raise new funds

Greencoat UK Wind, the stock market-listed infrastructure fund, is issuing up to 500 million shares to pay down its debt and free up cash for further acquisitions.

Recent purchases have included the Langhope Rig, Bishopthorpe, North Hoyle, Slieve Divena and Corriegarth wind farms along with further investment in the Clyde wind farms.

Tim Ingram, Chairman of Greencoat UK Wind, said: “Having grown the company to the size it is today, we are better placed than ever to capitalise on the strong pipeline of investment opportunities available to us further to enhance returns for our shareholders.”

> See Greencoat's statement