Previous Events

30th July 2014

West Mains of Kinblethmont Kinblethmont renewables safari

On the 30th July the Renewable Development Initiative will be an event near Abroath. Robert Ramsay will be hosting a Renewables safari at his farm Kinblemont, which currently has operational wind, solar and biomass schemes. The day will begin with a farm visit followed by workshops with industry experts for each of the technologies featured.


For the schedule for the day please click on the link below.

22nd July 2014

Woodend Farm Biomass, Solar and Wind open day

The day will start with an introduction by John Seed on how renewables are affecting the way he farms, the presentation will also have a contribution from the Bank of Scotand on why they chose to finance John. The delegates will then be split into 5 groups and rotate around 5 workshops on:

Straw boilers

Grain dryers

District heating

Wind turbines

Solar PV

There will then be a networking lunch.

11th June 2014

Remony Central Scotland Hydro day

Remony estate near Aberfeldy will be hosting a RDI event on 11th of June. The day will start with presentations from specialist advisers followed by  a site visit to the schemes in th afternoon.  

Save the date flyer

29th May 2014

Cloffrickford Farm wind development

On the 26th June the RDI will be at Cloffrickford near Ellon where Daid Smith has planning permmission for three 2.3MW wind turbines. The turbines are currently under construction. The dat will focus specifically on the challenge of construction.


26th February 2014

South Scotland on-farm demo day - Dumfries and Galloway

The first south region event will take place on Wednesday the 26th of February in Dumfries and Galloway.

The venue for the morning AD workshops will be the Crown Hotel, Newton Stewart, DG8 6J. The afternoon wind and solar workshops will take place in  Kircudbright Town Hall, St Mary's Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4AA.

The morning will involve a visit to East Knowckbrex Farm where a new diary unit with a 150kW anaerobic digester is planned while in the afternoon we will be visting Gledpark farm which has a 6kW wind turbine and 4kW rooftop PV installation.

19th February 2014

Central Scotland on-farm demo day - Lanarkshire

The next demonstration farm event will take place on Wednesday the 19th of February 2014 in Lanarkshire.

The venue for the day will be the Scottish Equestrian Hotel at Lanark Race Course, ML11 9TA

The morning will involve a visit by coach to Byretown Farm which has a log-fired biomass boiler while in the afternoon a coach trip to Marshill Farm will take place, where a development of three wind turbines is planned.

Download a flyer giving further detail and timings for the event.

4th November 2013

First open day held at Balring Farm and Cairnadailly Farm

Two North-east farms were the first hosts of NFU Scotland’s newly established Renewable Development Initiative.

The Initiative’s inaugural Demonstration Farm Open Day was held on 4th November 2013 and gave farmers from across Scotland the opportunity to visit renewable energy projects on two local farms.

The technology on show at Balring Farm, near Mintlaw, courtesy of Hamish Watson, and Cairnadailly Farm, Ellon, courtesy of Davie Smith, included two operational biomass boilers and a proposed wind turbine site.