Scottish wind farm to power Nestle

Chocolate maker Nestle has signed a deal to buy half of its British and Irish electricity requirements from the nine-turbine Sanquhar community wind farm in the Borders when it is completed next year.

The news follows the announcement in April of an agreement with EDF Energy to buy all of Nestle’s grid-connected electricity from renewable sources.

Dame Fiona Kendrick, Chairman and Chief Executive of Nestlé UK & Ireland, said: “This is a newly-commissioned wind farm, generating new energy, creating capacity that didn’t previously exist and capable of providing half of our electricity needs.”

> Read Nestle's announcement

Luxcara buys UK solar projects

German asset manager Luxcara has bought two solar farm projects in the UK from Conergy.

Alexandra von Bernstorff, Managing Partner of Luxcara, said: “Both projects will be connected to the grid in June 2016 and receive a feed in tariff.”

The solar farm at Manor Farm in Wales has an output of 9.5MW, while the farm in Laceby in the north-east of England has an output of 10MW.

> View Luxcara's announcement

MeyGen project hits milestone

The MeyGen wave energy project has reached a major milestone after it was connected to the 33kV Ness of Quoys distribution network.
In order to connect the device to the grid, Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution had to lay one of the longest underground 33kV power export cables in the UK.

Tim Cornelius, Chief Executive of project developer Atlantis Resources, said: “We believe this is now the world’s largest energised grid connection of any commercial tidal stream array.”

MeyGen has a Power Purchase Agreement with SmartestEnergy for electricity generated by the project.

> See Atlantis Resources' statement

Manufacturer hails ‘power down’ savings

One of the UK’s largest manufacturing firms has saved £165,000 after a campaign to encourage its factories to ‘power down’ at peak energy periods.

Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland worked with SmartestEnergy on the campaign involving more than 20 of its factories in the UK and Ireland.
It focused on minimising the firm’s exposure to ‘Triad’ charges which are levied on large business users based on their electricity use over the three half-hours of highest demand on the grid each winter.

> Read more here

Green Investment Bank backs AD projects

The Recycling & Waste Fund (RAW), which is managed by Foresight Group and in which the UK Green Investment Bank is a cornerstone investor, has invested £10.5 million in two anaerobic digestion projects in Northern Ireland.

A 3MW plant near Ballymena – which is expected to be one of the first in the world to be fuelled exclusively by poultry litter – will receive £8.7m.

The remaining funding will go to a 500kW plant at Gorthill in County Londonderry, which will be powered by agricultural waste.

> Read the GIB's announcement