Plans for world’s biggest windfarm take UK to 10GW
The UK now has 10GW of offshore wind capacity either operating or having secured financial backing after Dong Energy took its final investment decision to extend its Walney site and RWE Innogy signed up investors for its Galloper project.

Dong’s 660MW Walney extension 19km of the Cumbrian coast will overtake the 630MW London Array as the world’s largest offshore wind farm, while RWE has secured investment from Macquarie Capital, Siemens and the UK Green Investment Bank for its 336MW Galloper project off the coast of Suffolk.

Gordon Edge, Director of Policy for Economics & Regulation at trade body RenewableUK, said: “The UK is the number one destination for offshore wind investors. These two major announcements of offshore wind projects achieving financial close, securing billions of pounds in investment, show that it remains an attractive place to do offshore business.”

> Read RenewableUK's announcement

Largest floating solar project gets underway
United Utilities is installing Europe’s largest floating solar array at its Godley reservoir in Hyde, Greater Manchester.

The £3.5 million project consists of 12,000 panels covering 45,500sq km.
Chris Stubbs, Head of Renewable Energy at United Utilities, said: “We have a target to generate 35% of our power requirements by 2020 and this project will make a significant contribution to that aim.”

> Watch a video showing the array

Multifuel 2 gets go ahead
Energy Minister Lord Browne has granted permission for Multifuel Energy to build its Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 power station at Knottingley in West Yorkshire.
The power station will burn fuels derived from domestic rubbish and commercial and industrial waste, including wood, which would otherwise have been dumped in landfill.

The project will create 35 permanent jobs, with about 500 workers taking part in construction.

Earlier this year Multifuel Energy signed a two-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with SmartestEnergy for the output from the Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 project.

> See DECC's statement

Nestlé switches on giant solar project
Swiss food giant Nestlé has opened the largest solar array in the North-East of England at its factory in Fawdon.

The site – which makes Caramac, Fruit Pastilles, Rolo and Toffee Crisp – now has 1,970 solar panels.

The 500kW system will meet 1.5% of the factory’s power requirements.

> View Nestlé's announcement

Aquamarine calls in administrators
Edinburgh-based wave power developer Aquamarine has called in administrators from accountancy firm BDO to find a buyer for the business or a new investor.

All 14 members of staff have been kept on at the company, which last month was awarded a €800,000 (£580,000) grant from the European Union and which has won a £2 million contract from public agency Wave Energy Scotland.

In December, Aquamarine cut its headcount from 50, just weeks after fellow marine energy company Pelamis fell into administration.

> Read Aquamarine's announcement