25 Jul 2011 09:07:07
NFU Scotland calls for clarity on renewable energy projects
Scottish farmers are calling on the country's government to break down the barriers preventing the deployment of renewable energy on farms.
The National Farmers' Union (NFU) Scotland has called upon John Swinney, cabinet secretary for finance, employment and sustainable growth, to get the government to tackle the challenges faced in generating green energy.
NFU Scotland president Nigel Miller said regional planning issues and grid capacity were both causing major challenges.
"We have a growing list of incidents where members believe planning authorities have failed to provide proportionate pathways for micro and major developments, and have been inconsistent in the standards demanded from applications," he said.
Mr Miller called for an independent expert group to be put in place to address these hurdles and ensure standards for farm-based renewables projects are implemented at a national level.
NFU Scotland also last month criticised the small rise in Feed-in Tariff rates for anaerobic digestion announced by the UK government, claiming such a low increase stifles the potential of the industry.
It also said the decision to cut solar power subsidies would hinder the technology's future development.