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Scottish businesses is helping to develop a new economic sector that is bringing jobs and wealth to rural
communities across the country.
The land is mountainous with the highest hill, An Cliseam, reaching 2622 ft (699m) and is of
strong conservation value with multiple UK and European designations. The estate was historically seen from
outside as a “hunting and fishing” destination but was (and is) also important to local people living on the 130
crofts across the area.
A Trust was established to manage the estate and to facilitate community
development and regeneration. Like many farmers, The Trust is always looking for new income streams and to reduce
their dependence on subsidies and grants.
It was agreed very early on, that a profitable
project would be required to underpin long term sustainable development. With the aid of Community Energy
Scotland, who manage the Scottish Government's C.A.R.E.S fund, a feasibility study was undertaken to determine the
best options for renewable energy generation.
latest story from the Texas panhandle on the High Plains of the United States.
wind farm on their land with the enthusiastic support of thousands of local people who own shares in the
Westmill Wind Farm in Oxfordshire has been the ambition of farmer Adam Twine for over 15 years.
Adam always hoped the project might be community owned but had to talk to commercial developers when it looked as
though his dreams could not be achieved. However when they lost interest, Adam teamed up with Energy4All, a social
enterprise specialising only in community ownership projects.
the global gloom and doom, one area that is proving relatively unaffected by the turbulent financial markets and is
most definitely seeing a steady growth, despite recurring questions about its environmental and economic worthiness,
is that of small to medium wind farm projects.
specialist willow header is to be put through its paces at a special coppicing demonstration on 18th and 19th March
at E.ON's groundbreaking Steven's Croft power station near Lockerbie.
The header, which easily attaches to
the FR9000 range of Forage Harvesters, has been designed to double the harvesting acreage of Short Rotation Coppice
Willow so far achieved by competitor products. And it means that, for the first time, willow contractors will be
able to harvest the crop far more effectively.
The New Holland willow header was developed as a prototype in
Yorkshire a year ago. Since then it has been tested and refined and is now being manufactured in New Holland's
plant in Pennsylvania, USA.
costs now and in the future. New Holland believes hydrogen technology will give farmers an independent supply of
energy, which could be used in a wide variety of vehicles and applications, giving them greater control over the
future of their business.