Independent renewables generating £768m a year after 24% rise in projects

Commercial-scale renewable energy projects developed by businesses, communities, farmers and the public sector are now generating £768m worth of electricity a year - enough to power 3.9 million households, according to new figures.

Investment in independent generation has risen sharply with a 24% jump in live projects in a year as soaring energy bills see more businesses and organisations look to cut costs and profit from high wholesale prices.

The statistics compiled by SmartestEnergy for...

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SmartestEnergy wins Energy Supplier of the Year

SmartestEnergy has been named as Energy Supplier of the Year in this year’s Energy Awards, beating off competition from many of the biggest names in the industry.

The award was announced at a gala dinner attended by more than 500 leading figures at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
David Taylor, Head of Sales for SmartestEnergy, said the award reflected a year of “real progress and achievement” during which customer numbers rose by 71% and the number on renewable contracts more than doubled.

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Villagers reap benefits from Turbine

From buying an iPad for a playgroup and floodlights for a tennis club to helping respond to medical emergencies, the income generated from a community wind turbine is already benefitting hundreds of residents of two Aberdeenshire villages.

Since the Udny Community Turbine, the first wholly community-owned and operated wind turbine of its kind on the Scottish mainland, began turning a year ago it has generated more than £120,000 in income.

So far £40,000 has been distributed to local good...

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