Scottish Government turns down Keirs Hill wind farm

Keith Brown, Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs & Fair Work, has refused planning permission for a proposed 17-turbine wind farm near Patna in East Ayrshire.

The Scottish Government said: “When considering the Keirs Hill wind farm, ministers decided that the proposed scheme is not acceptable because of the height of the turbines in this location, as well as the impact on the nearby houses and on historic sites, notably the Waterside ironworks complex.”

Developer RES expressed its “disappointment” at the decision.

> See the Scottish Government's statement

Renewable proposals for Buckingham Palace

The Royal Household has included plans to erect solar panels and install an anaerobic digester (AD) in its programme of work for Buckingham Palace.

Solar panels on the Queen’s official residence could provide 5% of its power consumption.

Food waste could be used to generate biogas from the AD plant.

> Read the Royal Household's plan

Largest community-owned rooftop solar array installed

The UK’s largest community-owned rooftop solar array has been installed at Crompton Technology Group’s site at Banbury.

The 712kW system consists of 2,590 panels and is owned by Oxford-based social enterprise Low Carbon Hub.

The system was erected by Solarcentury.

> See CTG's statement

Projects shortlisted for offshore wind study

Vattenfall, the Swedish energy company, has shortlisted projects for a €3m scientific research programme to understand the environmental impacts of offshore wind.

Sixteen projects have been shortlisted from an extensive list of almost 100 original applications by a specialist scientific panel comprised of environmental agencies, scientists, AREG and representatives of Vattenfall.

It is expected that by the end of the year the scientific panel will advise on the successful projects.

The European Union is providing up to half of the funding for the programme, which is believed to be the first of its kind.

> Read more here

Marine Energy Wales signs Canadian deal

Marine Renewables Canada and Marine Energy Wales (MEW) have signed a deal to share knowledge and support the development of marine energy.

Elisa Obermann, Executive Director of Marine Renewables Canada, said: “By working together, Marine Renewables Canada and MEW can help industry collaborate on key issues, build partnerships, and share information that will support advancement of the global industry.”

Welsh Economy Secretary Ken Skates added: “This link up with Canada is excellent news and I am pleased to see the international interest that has been created by MEW within weeks of the new organisation being launched.”

> Read MEW's announcement