At the end of September the national headlines were full of the UK's first subsidy-free solar farm which Anesco unveiled on the Clayhill site in Bedfordshire. There is no doubt that this scheme is a step forward for the renewables industry. However, even though this scheme was financially viable without any subsidies, it doesn’t mean that every large solar scheme will be, in the short term.
Most of the 'noise' in the energy industry is about the lucrative opportunities from battery storage, and we've written about sites that are suitable for battery storage before. However, batteries are not suitable for all sites or all parts of the electrical grid. Even if the grid has sufficient export capacity for battery power, there must be sufficient import capacity to charge the cells too.
We were delighted to be asked to contibute an article to Farming Monthly after they had seen an article by Hugh in another publication. The article below was first published in Farming Monthly's digital edition - September 2017.
Any battery storage or power generation scheme will need a cost-effective grid connection. It may also need planning consents, land rights, the right generation or demand profile, sufficient budget and an appropriate return on investment.
We are thrilled that the 7 MW of battery storage capacity we have secured for a pension fund client has yielded a very competitive ground rent offer from a leading developer following our tender process.
Do you have a site suitable for battery storage? This article by Hugh Taylor was first published in Energy Now magazine in July 2017. With around an acre of suitable land sometimes attracting rents of over £100,000 for up to 25 year leases, it’s understandable that many landowners are [...]
How much should you pay for grid consultancy? It's all too common that consultants take money from landowners to make grid applications on inappropriate sites. Some consultants don't establish which technology will work and at what capacity. Watch our video to see how we are different. [...]
Why is independence important? Power scheme and energy storage developers will specialise in a single technology. Your site or local network may not be suitable for all technologies. Being independent from technologies and developers, Roadnight Taylor will not only get you the most suitable technology for your site but [...]
Be proactive. Don’t wait for a developer to come to you. Landowners with appropriate sites could achieve a rental income worth £500,000 to £2 million over 15-20 years for hosting a large-scale energy scheme. Yet in most cases landowners don’t consider the opportunities until a developer knocks on their [...]
Why shouldn’t a landowner authorise a developer to apply for a grid connection? We’ve been getting a message out to landowners for over three years — that is, don’t sign a letter authorising a renewables or storage developer to apply for a grid connection on your land. This has [...]
"Fascinating, entertaining and thought-provoking" public speaking Our CEO, Hugh Taylor, is an experienced public speaker and gets invited to speak at many energy and business events. He delivers his entertaining presentations with great enthusiasm, but importantly he brings valuable insight and inspiring takeaway points for his audiences. His talks [...]
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