Senvion hits 2GW UK milestone

Germany wind turbine manufacturer Senvion has installed enough turbines in the UK to generate 2GW of power.

The milestone was reached when the first turbine was erected at the Dunsland Cross wind farm in Devon.

The company installed its first turbine in the UK in 2005 and reached the 1GW mark in 2013.

> See Senvion's statement

Scottish Government rejects wind farm appeal

The Scottish Government’s Planning & Environmental Appeals Division has upheld Dumfries & Galloway Council’s decision to reject plans for a 30MW wind farm to the north of the village of Kirkcowan.

Brookfield Renewable UK, which took over developer PNE Wind in June 2015, wanted to erect 12 turbines at its Shennanton.

The decision said the “harm to landscape character and to visual amenity, although relatively localised, is too significant to be justified by the positive aspects of the proposal”.

> Read the decision

M&G in shopping centre solar deal

Property investor M&G Real Estate has unveiled plans to install 1,317 solar panels on the roof of its Galleries shopping centre at Washington in Tyne & Wear.

The 315MWh system is billed as the UK’s largest shopping centre solar installation.

John Duxbury, Head of Retail and Asset Management at M&G Real Estate, said: “We are proud of this latest strategic investment at The Galleries that will set a new bar for environmental best practice.”

> Find out more about The Galleries

Weather affects SSE’s renewable output

SSE said a lack of wind had dented its renewable energy output during the three months to the end of December.

Alistair Phillips-Dalton, Chief Executive at SSE, said: “The period since our interim results has featured volatile wholesale energy market conditions and, during November and December in particular, a period of relatively dry and still weather leading to low output of renewable energy.”

The Perth-based utility said it remained on course to hit its full-year financial targets.

> See SSE's statement

Dong to phase out coal

Danish company Dong Energy has unveiled plans to phase out the use of coal at its power stations by 2023.

The firm has reduced its coal usage by 73% since 2006.

Chief Executive Henrik Poulsen said: “The future belongs to renewable energy sources, and therefore we're now converting the last of our coal-fired power stations to sustainable biomass.”

> Read Dong's announcement