Wind farm switches to community ownership

Three renewable energy cooperatives have completed the purchase of the 6.9MW Mean Moor wind farm in Cumbria.

The three organisations – Baywind Energy, Energy Prospects and High Winds Community Energy Society – completed the deal under the banner of the Energy4All family of co-ops and received interim financial support from ethical investment company Thrive Renewables.

More than 400 contributors raised £2.8 million in just two weeks to fund the acquisition.

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Jobs at risk at offshore wind yard

Trade unions are meeting with Scottish Economy Secretary Keith Brown after engineering firm BiFab issued potential redundancy notices to workers at its fabrication yards at Burntisland and Methil in Fife and at Arnish on the Isle of Lewis.

The Unite trade union warned that 260 jobs were under threat at the company, which announced its intention to appoint administrators last November, but did not enter administration following talks with the Scottish Government and a potential investor.

Alan Ritchie, Scotland Organiser at the GMB trade union, warned: “The battle for BiFab continues. All is not lost and there is still hope but time is of the essence.”

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Heineken sets new renewables target

Dutch brewer Heineken has unveiled its “Drop the C” programme to increase the amount of renewable energy it uses from 14% at present to 70% by 2030.

Chief Execuitve Jean-François van Boxmeer said: “When I visit our breweries, I want to see that we are brewing with real green energy and that we are not achieving our reduction targets by buying unbundled certificates.”

He also invited other companies to work with him to remove carbon from beer packaging.

> Read Heineken's announcement


Smart lighting for Square Mile

The City of London Corporation has announced innovative lighting proposals for the Square Mile, including remotely operated lighting that will complement the look of historic buildings, improve energy usage and help tackle light pollution.

The first of its kind in London, the strategy will use state of the art technology and see urban spaces coated in various lighting types, levels and colours at different times during the night. This will complement the work that is already underway to upgrade the City’s street lighting to high quality, energy-saving and cost-efficient LED.

> See the corporation's statement


Good Energy to redeem first bond

Renewable energy firm Good Energy has announced that it will redeem its first bond next month.

Backers of the bonds which were launched in 2013 have supported the development of thirteen solar farms across the UK and over 150MW of renewable projects, generating enough renewable electricity to power over 37,000 homes every year.

The company said that following the sale of its Newton Downs project into community ownership in December 2017 and having reached agreement to sell the solar farm at Brynwhilach into community ownership later this year, “the purposes for which Good Energy Bonds I were raised will shortly have been fulfilled”.

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