Scotland’s largest solar farm opens

Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse has officially opened Scotland’s largest solar farm at Errol in Perthshire.

The 13MW project was devised by Elgin Energy and built by Canadian Solar.

Wheelhouse said: “This very substantial and impressive project is proof that large-scale solar photovoltaic systems work well on the east coast of Scotland and I am also greatly encouraged that a variety of organisations are continuing to source solar sites across the country, with a view to developing financially-viable schemes.”

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Good Energy launches share offer

Good Energy, the renewable energy company quoted on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM), has unveiled plans to raise £3.1 million.
The share offer will raise cash for a new operational platform to improve customer service and develop existing and new sites.

Juliet Davenport, Founder and Chief Executive of Good Energy, said: “Our customer numbers, renewable energy generation and revenues are all growing fast.”

> Read Good Energy's prospectus

Supplier mistakes cost consumers £270m says uSwitch

Suppliers have overcharged 3.8 million customers in the past year, costing them an average of £72 each or £270 million in total, according to figures from price comparison website uSwitch.

More than a third of those involved said they’d been charged using the wrong tariff.

Claire Osborne from uSwitch said: “It’s unacceptable in this day and age that customers are picking up the cost of suppliers’ mistakes.”

> See uSwitch's statement

Pioneering solar bond launched

Energise Barnsley, the UK’s largest joint local council and community energy project, has launched a solar bond offering annual returns of 5%.

The five-year bond aims to raise £1.2 million to fund up to 2MW of roof-top solar panels on council buildings.

The solar panels will be installed by British Gas Solar, part of parent company Centrica’s new Distributed Energy and Power business.

> View British Gas's announcement

EDF starts work on Blyth offshore wind farm

French power company EDF has unveiled construction plans for its 41.5MW Blyth wind farm off the coast of Northumberland.

The firm will begin construction work on the five-turbine site in 2017.

Matthieu Hue, Chief Executive at EDF Energy Renewables, said: “We are delighted that the gravity based foundations will be made in Newcastle. The Port of Blyth will be used for operations and maintenance and the blades for the turbines will be made on the Isle of Wight.”

> See EDF's statement