First battery recycling facility announced

Resource efficiency specialist Ecosurety has signed a deal with waste manager Belmont to create the UK’s first battery recycling facility.

The site near Glasgow will be capable of recycling 20,000 tonnes of batteries each year, meeting all the UK’s demand.

The facility would stop batteries being shipped to Europe for recycling, cutting the UK’s waste export bill.

> Read Ecosurety's announcement


Scotland’s biggest solar farm gets green light

Moray Council has granted planning permission for Scotland’s largest solar farm.

Elgin Energy wants to erect 80,000 panels on a 47-hectare site.

Permission has been granted for 30 years of operations.

> View the council's statement


Hydro station in line for £50m spend

Engie has unveiled plans to spend £50 million refurbishing its Ffestiniog hydro-electric power station in North Wales.

Ffestiniog was commissioned in 1963 and was the UK’s first major pumped-storage power facility.

German engineering firm Voith Hydro will refurbish unit one and unit two at the station.

> See Engie's announcement


Metering group in acquisition

Livingston-based Energy Assets Group has bought Northampton-based Dragon Group as it continues to become a gas and electricity network designer, constructor and operator.

Dragon Group’s Utility Distribution Networks (UDN) division adds an independent distribution network operator (IDNO) licence to Energy Assets’ existing independent gas transporter (IGT) accreditation.

Colin Lynch, Managing Director of Energy Assets Utilities – Networks, said: “UDN’s IDNO licence complements our IGT status perfectly and completes our dual-fuel network operator product portfolio.”

> Read Energy Asset's announcement


Largest shopping centre solar installation unveiled

Commercial property operator Landsec has unveiled the UK’s largest shopping centre solar project.

The 2,902 panels mounted on the roof of the White Rose shopping centre in Leeds will produce 680,000 kWh of power a year, supplying 39% of the daytime electricity used in the mall areas of the centre.

Scott Parsons, Managing Director, Retail, Landsec, said: “We are extremely proud to have set a UK-wide benchmark for renewable electricity.”

> See Landsec's statement