Renewable Project’s Third Visit to Anaerobic Plant

Year of energy generation completed on South West farm

Newton Stewart dairy farmer Ian Service will open his doors to farmers and the renewables community for the third – and final – time next week (Thursday, 12 November).

Since the Renewable Development Initiative (RDI) first visited Mr Service in February 2014, a herd of 600 dairy cows has been established at the farm and the 150kW anaerobic digestion (AD) plant integrated into the new dairy started generating energy in October 2014.  The RDI last visited the site in December 2014.

As with all AD plants, there have been teething problems and this open day will give attendees an excellent opportunity to see first-hand a system that has now been operational for more than a year.  As with previous events, Mr Service will provide a “warts and all” discussion on the challenges he has faced in establishing the plant. There will also be presentations from the AD plant installer, the energy regulator Ofgem and SEPA.

The Union’s three-year RDI project is designed to provide sound, independent advice to farmers and land managers across Scotland on renewable energy. Through a programme of on-farm events, co-ordinated by Thomas McMillan of Savills Smiths Gore, the initiative has already shown hundreds of Scottish farmers and land managers energy projects that are contributing to farm businesses or are at the planning stage.  

It is meeting its aim of helping Scottish farmers and land managers fulfil their energy generating potential.  

Notes to Editors

  • The anaerobic digestion open day will take place at East Knockbrex Farm, Newton Stewart, DG8 6QE on Thursday, 12 November 2015 meeting at 10am for 10.30am start. 
  • A photograph of Mr Service is available on request from
  • For media who would like to attend contact

The next events for the NFUS RDI are as follows:

Harlaw Community Hydro Scheme (near Balerno) – Wednesday 25 November. Meeting at Ogston Hall, St Josephs Centre, Main Street, Balerno, EH14 7EH, at 10.00am, this is an opportunity to see the community-owned hydro project on the edge of Edinburgh. The project is predicted to generate over £1M of benefit to the local community.  

Anaerobic Digestion (Gas to Grid) and Biomass in Fife – 8 December.  Hosted by Ross Forster at Peacehill Farm, Wormit, DD6 8PJ, this project is currently under construction and is the first gas to grid AD project in Fife.  The AD plant covers a two hectare site and is fed from cereal and vegetable stock and managed by the production of a three year crop plan to match the expected output of the AD plant. In addition to the AD plant, Peacehill Farm has two biomass boiler systems which supply heat to a series of chicken sheds. In addition to creating a new income for the farm the biomass boilers have also improved the quality and survival rates of the chickens.

These events are free to farmers and land managers to attend. If you would like to book a space or join the mailing list, email or call 0131 344 0888.  


Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

Date Published:

News Article No.: 213/15

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