Scottish island in 24/7 energy funding

A Scottish island could have round-the-clock electricity for the first time after economic development agency Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE) provided £250,000 towards the £2.6 million project.

Fair Isle, which lies partway between the Orkney and Shetland islands, uses a combination of wind and diesel power, but has now electricity between 11pm and 7am.

The new scheme is for three 60kW wind turbines, a 50kW solar array and battery storage.

> View HIE's announcement

 

Wind farm management contract awarded

John Laing Environmental Assets Group has awarded a wind farm management contract to REG Power Management.

The deal covers 32 turbines across three sites, with a combined capacity of 50.1MW.

Commercial Director Simon Wannop said: “This reflects a growing portfolio for REG Asset Management, which now has 28 wind, 16 solar and four bio-power projects under management across the UK, taking the total managed capacity to nearly 400MW.”

> Read REG's announcement

 

Carbon Trust to oversee energy accelerator programme

The UK Government has chosen the Carbon Trust to run its £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA).

The accelerator is designed to cut the costs of and increase the number of available energy efficient technologies for industrial sectors.

Al-Karim Govindji, Senior Manager Innovation at the Carbon Trust, said: “Through the IEEA we will work collaboratively with trade associations, industry and technology providers to identify and demonstrate the best innovative opportunities for energy reduction.”

> See the Carbon Trust's statement

 

Lightsource and Blackrock target £1bn of solar

Renewable energy developer Lightsource has joined forces with BlackRock Real Assets, the world’s biggest fund manager, to buy £1 billion of solar farms in the UK, with an installed capacity of 1GW.

The “Kingfisher” partnership aims to consolidate the secondary UK solar market, offering economies of scale to investors.

Rory O’Connor, Managing Director and Head of Renewable Power for Europe at BlackRock, said: “Over the past two years, we have invested in more than 20 solar projects in the UK representing nearly 150MW of capacity on behalf of our clients, and we believe this market continues to present attractive opportunities for institutional investors.”

> Read Lightsource's statement

 

Preferred bidder named for Burbo Bank project

Diamond Transmission Partners has won a contract from Ofgem to own and operate the offshore transmission link to the Burbo Bank Extension windfarm for the next 20 years.

The consortium consists of HICL Infrastructure and Mitsubishi.

The Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm is located in Liverpool Bay and consists of 32 turbines with a combined capacity of 258MW.

> View Ofgem's statement