Scottish Government turns down two wind farms

The Scottish Government has refused planning permission for two wind farms in Sutherland.

A 22-turbine wind farm at Sallachy and Duchally estate in central Sutherland and a 23-turbine wind farm at Glencassley Estate, by Lairg, would have too high an impact on wild land, ministers said.

Energy Minster Fergus Ewing said: “The Scottish Government’s policy on wind farms strikes a careful balance between maximising Scotland’s huge green energy potential and protecting some of our most scenic landscape and wild land area.”

> See the Scottish Government's statement

Stagecoach in bus depot solar scheme

Bus operator Stagecoach is fitting solar panels to its Chesterfield and Stockport depots and plans to roll out the installation programme to other sites.

The Perth-based company aims to save £1.1 million and reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of three million kilogrammes.

The panels are being installed in partnership with Visolaris and the Renewable Energy Investments.

> See Stagecoach's statement

ScottishPower submits 1.2GW wind plans

Glasgow-based ScottishPower has applied for permission to build the East Anglia Three wind farm off the coast of Suffolk.

The wind farm’s 172 turbines would be capable of producing 1.2GW of power.
Keith Anderson, Chief Corporate Officer at ScottishPower, said: “Our East Anglia One project was successful in the last government auction with a price of £119/MWh, which will make it the best value offshore windfarm ever developed in the UK.”

> See ScottishPower's statement

Atlantis brings in Macquarie over tidal sites

Atlantis Resources, the tidal energy developer listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM), has hired Macquarie Capital Europe to help find investors for its Scottish projects.

The company’s sites in Scotland consist of the 398MW MeyGen project in the Pentland Firth, along with Brough Ness (100MW), Mull of Galloway (30MW), and Kyle Rhea (8MW).

Tim Cornelius, Chief Executive at Atlantis, said: “Through the engagement of Macquarie Capital, we are bringing on an experienced team of renewable energy infrastructure experts who will work with Atlantis to communicate investment opportunities across the Atlantis portfolio to the industrial and financial investor communities in the UK, Europe, Asia and the Americas.”

> Find out more about Atlantis Resources

Offshore wind supply chain developing fast says report

A growing number of companies are becoming involved in the development, construction and operation of wind farms in British waters, according to a new report.

The report was commissioned by the Crown Estate, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), and trade body RenewableUK.

The study found that 43% of contracts are already being fulfilled by British companies, putting the industry “well on course” to hit its 50% goal.

> Download the report