Floating offshore wind farm wins backing

Highland Council has given Swedish developer Dounreay Tri permission to create a floating wind turbine project off the north coast of Scotland.

A single floating platform will be launched, with two wine turbines on top.

The platform is expected to produce between 8MW and 12MW of power.

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Lower winds reduce Greencoat output

A 6% dip in wind speeds below the average long-term mean led to a fall in output for Greencoat UK Wind.

The London-listed wind farm operator said its 19 sites produced 978.1GWh in 2016, 6% lower than forecast.

Full-year pre-tax profits rose to £59.9 million from £28.7m in 2015.

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ScottishPower wins wind project green light

Argyll & Bute Council has granted planning permission to ScottishPower to extend its Beinn an Tuirc wind farm on the Kyle peninsula.

Phase three of the project will add a further 18 turbines to the 64 already operating on the site.

The new turbines will add 36MW of capacity to the site’s existing 73.4MW rating.

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Bluefield benefits from sunny weather

Output at Bluefield Solar Income Fund’s solar farms hit 185.1GWh during the second half of 2016, 4.6% ahead of its targets.

The extra sunshine helped underlying profits to rise by 14% to £11.6 million.

Chairman John Rennocks said: “I am pleased to announce another strong set of results with positive news across a broad set of measures.”

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Fourth turbine installed at MeyGen project

Atlantis Resources has installed the fourth turbine at its MeyGen tidal project in the Pentland Firth of the north coast of Scotland.

The Atlantis AR1500 tidal stream turbine was deployed within an hour and is already generating power.

It joins three existing Andritz Hydro Hammerfest tidal stream turbines already operating at the site.

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