Offshore wind hub seeks ideas

The Offshore Wind Innovation Exchange has launched three innovation challenges to tackle problems with composite structures.

The innovation programme – which is run by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and Innovate UK – is seeking ideas for automated painting of composites, automated inspection of composites and the non-destructive testing of faults within composites.

The call for ideas closes on 16 February.

> Submit an idea


Canadian Solar in UK finance deal

Renewable energy company Canadian Solar has sealed a £41.9 million finance deal with BayernLB.

The project finance agreement covers ten solar farms that together generate 52.2MW of power and is the company’s third deal in the UK.

Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive at Canadian Solar, said: “We are excited to continue our partnership with BayernLB as we seek opportunities to expand our solar energy development initiatives across Europe.”

> See Canadian Solar's statement


Trig acquires offshore wind stake

The Renewable Investment Group (Trig) has bought a 14.7% stake in the Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm for £80 million.

The other shareholders in the 316.8MW wind farm off the coast of Norfolk are Equitix, Statoil and Green Investment Group, formerly the Green Investment Bank.

Trig’s portfolio now consists of 57 projects, with a total capacity of 820MW.

> Read Trig's announcement


Lightsource chairman steps down

Vicente López-Ibor Mayor is standing down as chairman of solar developer Lightsource.

The company said: “Under the chairmanship of Vicente, Lightsource has in seven short years grown from a start-up with six employees to the largest solar energy company in Europe.”

He will continue to chair Lightsource’s charitable foundation. Last month Lightsource announced a partnership deal with BP.

> See Lightsource's statement


Scots carbon footprint down

The carbon footprint of Scotland’s homes has fallen by a quarter since the Climate Change Act was introduced in 2009, according to analysis by environmental charity WWF.

The fall was attributed to the growth in renewable energy and more efficient appliances.

Gina Hanrahan, Acting Head of Policy at WWF Scotland, said: “A new Climate Change Bill this year is an opportunity to double down on our commitments to make our homes more energy efficient, to increase the use of renewables to heat homes, and put Scotland on the path to a zero-carbon future.”

> View WWF Scotland's statement