Green energy firm reins in wave power timescales

23rd February 2011 from Caithness Courier

ScottishPower Renewables has made clear its first commercial arrays of subsea turbines are due to go into the Pentland Firth in 2016. The prospective developer hosted drop-in sessions at John O’Groats and Thurso last Thursday when it was keen to rein in expectations of earlier timescales. SPR is gearing up…

Work begins on £3.4m centre for Caithness

23rd February 2011 from Press & Journal, Aberdeen

Construction work has started on the Pulteneytown People’s Project’s £3.4million community centre in Wick. The centre is set to rejuvenate the east side of Caithness when it opens in February 2012 by providing a multi-functional facility which will cater for community services, training and small businesses. The centre, being built…

Firms urged to cash in on green energy

17th February 2011 from Press & Journal, Aberdeen

Energy and engineering businesses in the north are being urged to act now to seize opportunities in the renewable energy sector to avoid losing out to competition from elsewhere. Ian Couper, chief executive of trade organisation North Scotland Industries Group (NSIG), said the influx of activity in renewable energy could…

Crown Estate probe welcomed

17th February 2011 from Press & Journal, Aberdeen

The prospect of the Crown Estate contributing millions of pounds into a community fund benefiting the Highlands and islands took a step forward last night. Scottish Secretary Michael Moore welcomed a formal Scottish affairs committee inquiry into how the body operates in Scotland. Sources confirmed the prospect of a levy…

Prince ‘delighted’ to hand over Joan’s MBE

16th February 2011 from Caithness Courier

North tourism stalwart Joan Campbell has received her MBE at Buckingham Palace. The award was made in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List last year for Mrs Campbell’s services to skills development in the tourist industry in Scotland. Originally from Kirtomy near Bettyhill, she ran the 5 star Sheiling Guest House…

Ministerial blessing for fresh plans to regenerate Caithness and north Sutherland

16th February 2011 from CNSRP Press Release

The commitment of the partners in Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP) to deliver sustainable economic growth in the area over the next three years has been welcomed by Jim Mather MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism. Mr Mather, who takes a close interest in the…

Dutch firm eyes potential of firth’s energy

9th February 2011 from Caithness Courier

A DUTCH subsea turbine manufacturer is stepping up its bid to become involved in the marine energy developments earmarked for the waters in and around the Pentland Firth. Tocardo has just successfully trialled a new device which can be used in tidal locations.  The company established bases in Wick and…

UHI awarded university title

2nd February 2011

Today is a historic day as UHI Millennium Institute becomes the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). Following confirmation from the Privy Council, the milestone will be marked by celebrations at UHI locations throughout the Highlands and Islands. The achievement of university title by UHI is the realisation of…

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