STA launches ‘stunning solar’ campaign

The Solar Trade Association has launched a new push to raise awareness of how the latest in rooftop solar technology can produce beautiful and aesthetically pleasing installations.

Stunning Solar, a new booklet by the Solar Trade Association, showcases inspired design, building integrated products and mounting systems that sit flush with the existing roof.

Paul Barwell, CEO of the Solar Trade Association, said:

“First impressions are everything, and that applies to houses just as much as people. Stunning Solar shows that solar can increase the ‘kerb appeal’ of a home, as well as making it cheaper and more eco-friendly to a household or business.”

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Scottish environmental firm in Japan partnership

Energy and environmental consultancy Aquatera has entered into a partnership with the Nagasaki Marine Industry Cluster Promotion Association in an effort to help Japan strengthen its marine energy sector through international collaboration.

Orkney-based Aquatera has also agreed a partnership deal with Japanese dive operator and offshore operations company, Shibuya Diving.

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Former DECC advisor dies at the age of 48

DECC's former Chief Scientific Advisor, Sir David MacKay, has died aged 48.

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd described the physicist as “the model of a scientist in government”, adding he was “challenging, insightful and with the ability to explain the most complex subjects in a clear way”.

“His legacy, including the 2050 calculator now emulated across the world and his brilliant book on sustainable energy, was deservedly recognised by a knighthood earlier this year. His ideas and arguments will continue to influence how we deal with climate change,” she said.

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Greencoat looks to raise cash for investment

Renewables infrastructure fund Greencoat is planning to issue 300 million new shares to pay down debt and finance new capital expenditure.
The fund, which is focused on the onshore wind sector, will issue the shares at 105p each.

Tim Ingram, Chairman, said: "We believe that the future opportunities for Greencoat UK Wind are very exciting. There is a significant asset pool with a healthy number of motivated sellers and we are very well placed to take advantage of this.

“This programme of capital raises announced today will enable the Company both to pay down debt, and to take advantage of value-accretive growth opportunities whilst maintaining its very selective acquisition approach."

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Community hydro scheme in share offer

A community hydro power scheme has been given the green light in Aberdeen and is now looking for support through a share offer.


The Donside Hydro project will produce enough electricity to power about 130 homes on the site of the former Donside paper mill in the Scottish city as well as selling surplus energy to the National Grid. The project is expected to generate around £30,000 each year for community initiatives.

Sinclair Laing, Founding Director at Aberdeen Community Energy which is behind the project, said:

“The Donside Hydro will help Scotland on its journey towards 100% renewable electricity by 2020, and it will also create a sustainable community that truly works for its inhabitants and riverside setting.”

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