Monthly Archives: April 2012

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New Edinburgh base for Fine Energy

Wind energy specialist Fine Energy now has a base in Edinburgh. The company rents land from businesses with space for one or more small-scale wind turbines. The new premises are needed to service growing demand for its services across Scotland.

Fine Energy is committed to helping Scotland reach its target of 80% renewable electricity by 2020. Their focus is on distributed energy projects with minimal impact on the landscape, the grid and neighbouring properties. Backed by Endurance Wind Power, the company is currently screening large numbers of sites for public and private sector organisations across the UK.

Dave Rankin, Managing Director of Endurance Wind Power UK, said “With its abundance of wind resource, Scotland is a natural home for our small, quiet Endurance E-3120 turbine. We already have some important installations in Scotland and we will be supporting Fine Energy in securing further suitable sites”.

Fine Energy works with businesses and individual landowners who are looking to rent out their land for wind energy. As well as earning an assured rent for 20 years with no investment required, landowners benefit from a yield-dependent bonus, and can reduce their carbon footprint and energy costs.

Alex Salmond Keynote Speaker – All Energy exhibition, Aberdeen

Alex Salmond MSP, First Minister of Scotland, will be the keynote speaker at All Energy, the UK’s largest renewable energy exhibition and conference to be held 23 – 24 May at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

The full gamut of renewable energy will be represented – visitors will be able to follow ‘sector-specific trails’ designed to help maximise their time.

Last year’s All Energy show drew visitors from more than 50 countries with attendance at the show being free of charge.

Fine Energy will be exhibiting at this year’s exhibition and will feature in the onshore wind and on-site renewables trails – we’re looking forward to welcoming visitors at stand D78.

Scotland’s Record-breaking Renewables

Wind energy has more than doubled since 2007 and was at a record high of 7,049 GWh in 2011, recent figures show – an increase of 45% from 2010 levels.

As Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said,

“It’s official – 2011 was a record-breaker, with enough green electricity being produced in Scotland to comfortably beat our interim target”.

Renewable energy as a whole was also at an all-time high in Scotland at 13,750 GWh, up 44.5% from 2010.

The statistics, along with Scottish Renewables’ report assigning 11,000 jobs directly to the growth of the renewables sector, confirms that Scotland is reaping a rich, renewables harvest.