About the Author: Hugh Taylor

Hugh Taylor Having worked in the energy industry for over ten years, Hugh sits on expert panels for all six the UK Distribution Network Operators (DNOs). He also has a deep understanding of National Grid’s Capacity Market and its various balancing markets, is a regular consultee to BEIS and Ofgem, and is a popular speaker at industry events. View full profile

Managing land rights consents in the changing grid connections landscape

April 14th, 2022|Energy Developers, Farms & Estates, Guest Blog, News, Public Sector|

Hugh Taylor spoke to Laura Wilson, Director at Connections Legal Management (CLM), about how the rapidly changing grid connections industry is impacting on the demand for land rights legal management and the specialist services that developers are seeking.

Grid expertise delivers unprecedented connection success for Novus

February 15th, 2022|Energy Developers, Grid Consultancy, News, Published Articles|

In less than three years, Novus has secured more than 1,100 megawatts-worth of viable grid capacity across 34 sites – at distribution level alone. They put this success largely down to employing Roadnight Taylor.

The importance of increasing the biodiversity of solar farms for developers and other stakeholders

January 17th, 2022|Energy Developers, Farms & Estates, Guest Blog, News|

Everoze’s Ellie van der Heijden spoke to Hugh Taylor about the importance of improving biodiversity of solar farms for developers, and how they can work with landowners and other stakeholders to achieve it.

How to boost the chances of delivering a project on time and on budget

July 5th, 2021|Energy Developers, News|

From start to finish, any connections project to higher voltage networks involves a complex set of actions and elements. Getting anything wrong could bring quality, cost and timing issues – or worse, halt the project in its tracks. David Burbidge explains why getting it wrong can be costly, and introduces a series of articles that will cover in more detail the actions and elements to get right.

Green Recovery Scheme call for evidence – take a considered approach

February 23rd, 2021|Commercial & Industrial, Energy Developers, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, Grid Consultancy, News|

Hugh Taylor warns submissions for the Energy Networks Association Call for Evidence for the Green Recovery Scheme must be carefully considered and clearly demonstrate how a scheme will deliver against Ofgem & DNO objectives.

The fundamental elements of clean energy scheme leases

February 9th, 2021|Commercial & Industrial, Energy Developers, Farms & Estates, Grid Consultancy, Guest Blog, News|

TLT’s Maria Connolly, who’s team has provided legal advice to a number of Roadnight Taylor’s clients, spoke to Hugh Taylor on what both landowners and developers should be looking for in clean energy scheme leases.

Our 2020 results

January 18th, 2021|Commercial & Industrial, Energy Developers, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, Grid Consultancy, News, Public Sector|

We thought our achievements in 2019 were phenomenal, but 2020 was our true breakthrough year.  We secured over two gigawatts-worth of capacity for solar for clients, saved our developer clients many £millions in connection offer non-contestable costs and more...

Overcoming grid capacity issues – Solar and Storage Live 2020

January 10th, 2021|Commercial & Industrial, Energy Developers, Featured, Grid Consultancy, News, Public Sector|

Hugh was invited to take part in a panel discussion at the virtual Solar and Storage Live event in December 2020. You can watch the recording here. The panel discussed the barriers and opportunities for addressing grid capacity, and how we can get the most from existing grid infrastructure to deliver Net Zero efficiently.

Farming’s role in the evolving energy market – Farmers Guardian

November 20th, 2020|Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, Featured, News|

Hugh spoke to Farmers Guardian about the opportunities for renewable energy schemes available to landowners and how to maximise the chances of achieving viable solar farm, wind farm and battery storage schemes.

Save £1,000s with National Grid grant

November 18th, 2020|Farms & Estates, Featured, News|

Recent regulatory changes require technical modifications to renewable energy schemes’ grid protection arrangements. Thousands of rural businesses could face massive remedial costs on renewable energy systems unless they apply for a National Grid grant by 9 February 2021.

Farm diversification income from energy projects – frequently asked questions

September 30th, 2020|Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, Featured, News|

As rural landowners look to diversify and tackle the economic challenges post-Brexit, energy schemes can offer those with viable sites a new income solution. We’ve compiled a list of answers to the most common questions we get asked by landowners - including likely incomes.

Contracts for Difference Scheme: the impact on the solar site acquisition market

July 23rd, 2020|Commercial & Industrial, Energy Developers, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, Grid Consultancy, Guest Blog|

Hugh Taylor spoke to Michael Beale, Director of Business Development UK at Lightsource BP to ask him what impact this CfD announcement would have on the solar farm site acquisition market.

Non-domestic solar arrays underperforming by £millions annually

May 12th, 2020|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Featured, News, Public Sector|

Many commercial/non-domestic solar photovoltaic (PV) schemes are financially underperforming and reduced energy output isn’t the only cause, our recent PV HealthChecks have found.

Energy Opportunity – RICS Land Journal

April 29th, 2020|Commercial & Industrial, Energy Developers, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, Grid Consultancy, News, Public Sector, Published Articles|

Hugh was invited to write for the RICS Land Journal. He covers the energy scheme opportunities for landowners, the different approaches, the current issues and technology options, and how to maximise chances of success.

Electric Vehicle Evolution – CLA Land & Business

April 3rd, 2020|Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, Grid Consultancy, News, Published Articles|

The opportunities for electric vehicles and EV charging including delivering competitive advantage, raising customer satisfaction, highlighting environmental credentials, adding income and gaining rent from hosting infrastructure.

Farm diversification into energy: the options and returns

February 24th, 2020|Energy Developers, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, Featured, News|

There's never been a better time for landowners to seek diversification income from leasing land to energy schemes, or becoming self-developers or owner-operators. But we urge them to take appropriate and independent advice.

Penny wise, millions foolish – a lesson in the cost of not using expert advisors in energy scheme developments

February 6th, 2020|Energy Developers, Grid Consultancy, News|

A solar developer achieved a grid connection offer for a solar farm site but missed a crucial stage in the process and so failed to secure and safeguard the grid rights - thus losing out on any opportunity. What should they have done?

Our 2019 results

February 2nd, 2020|Commercial & Industrial, Energy Developers, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, Grid Consultancy, News, Public Sector|

In 2019 we secured grid capacity for over 1GW of solar, storage, gensets and energy from waste (EfW) schemes, on over 3,000 acres with a lifetime ground rent of £100m. Why not join us in 2020?

Roadnight Taylor 2019 Festive Stats

December 16th, 2019|Commercial & Industrial, Energy Developers, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, Grid Consultancy, News|

After a spectacular year in which Roadnight Taylor Ltd really came of age, we totted up some of our successes in 2019. A huge thank you to our extraordinary and talented team - and all the developers, businesses, public sector bodies and site owners who put their faith in us in 2019. Happy Christmas!

On-site energy schemes – what are the opportunities for landowners?

December 9th, 2019|Commercial & Industrial, Energy Developers, Feasibility Studies, News, Published Articles|

Hugh was interviewed by AMP Clean Energy for their guest blog. He discusses the on-site energy opportunities for landowners and developers, and why decarbonisation is driving demand for sites that can host flexible generation assets.

Prime opportunity for energy schemes but take care

December 5th, 2019|Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, Grid Consultancy, News|

The average landowner’s chances of getting an energy scheme are greater now than ever. But, there has also never been a more appropriate time to be prudent and not sign up with the first developer that knocks at the door.

Consenting and implementation expertise for energy scheme developers

October 30th, 2019|Energy Developers, Feasibility Studies, Grid Consultancy, News|

Our services extend to supporting professional energy developer teams and the entrepreneurial self developer.

Residential, holiday and touring parks – energy opportunities

October 16th, 2019|Feasibility Studies, Grid Consultancy, News|

With increasing energy prices and the use of electric vehicles growing rapidly, holiday and home parks must take a strategic look at their energy use and EV chargepoint deployment. See our services that can help.

Grid expertise secures a successful outcome – but it was too late for another

October 1st, 2019|Energy Developers, Farms & Estates, Grid Consultancy, News|

Two recent cases where our considerable level of grid expertise has been demonstrated. One case led to a lucrative outcome for a developer. The other highlighted why getting us involved at the start of a project will achieve better outcomes.

5 Must-Dos before making an investment in on-site solar PV

September 3rd, 2019|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, News, Public Sector|

We are increasingly being asked by clients to assess quotations from renewable energy installers. We've found several common issues with our clients’ approaches and, more worryingly, with the contractors they are employing to install schemes.

Interested in energy schemes? Check grid capacity regularly

June 5th, 2019|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, News|

Press release: Landowners interested in securing income from energy schemes should not be put off by an apparent lack of grid capacity.  Grid availability is changing all the time, with success often depending on timing.

Performance review and recommendations for solar arrays

May 28th, 2019|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, News, Public Sector|

In our experience, most on-site solar PV schemes are underperforming in one way or another. Schemes can be missing out on revenues and savings, suffering high operating costs, and/or accruing risk of crippling one-off costs. Our PV Healthcheck reviews schemes and makes recommendations to ensure technical and financial performance is maximised.

Large-scale solar back on track for rural estates

April 5th, 2019|Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, News|

Press release: Developing large-scale solar parks is becoming viable again, particularly for rural estates looking to invest. Our CEO gives his views, along with the lending perspective from the head of landed-estates at Barclays, and the tax benefits from Old Mill Accountants.

Caution over mis-selling as Feed-In Tariff deadline looms

January 28th, 2019|Feasibility Studies, News|

Press release: Government plans to end the Feed-In Tariff (FiT) for new solar schemes from 31 March 2019 are triggering a spate of mis-selling in the renewables market. We urge caution and offer an investment appraisal service to establish if you are investing wisely.

Failure to check energy potential of land could cost millions

December 13th, 2018|Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, News|

Press release: Land agents and farmers buying and selling land should ensure they check the potential for energy projects before proceeding, to avoid missing out on valuable contracts.

Beware misselling in the solar and storage markets

November 26th, 2018|Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, News|

Press release: Small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays and battery storage are looking increasingly attractive as capital costs decline and energy prices rise, but farms and estates should beware misselling in the market.

Determine if on-site solar, energy storage or flexible generation is viable for you now

November 7th, 2018|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, News, Public Sector|

'Behind-the-meter’ energy schemes can offer energy cost savings, income and business growth for those sites with the right attributes. Paybacks can be as low as seven years for some, but you must avoid being mis-sold unattainable returns. Our independent assessment makes sure you are investing wisely.

The return of the large-scale standalone solar market

September 25th, 2018|Commercial & Industrial, Energy Developers, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, News, Public Sector|

As solar technology prices decrease and energy prices increase, we are at a tipping point in the large-scale solar market. With opportunities returning, large-scale solar, located with or without batteries, can offer landowners with the right sites a strong diversification income.

Beware developers off-loading grid connection rights, warns Roadnight Taylor

July 30th, 2018|Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, Grid Consultancy, News|

Press release: Landowners should be cautious of offers to buy grid connection rights for battery storage schemes. No matter what the situation or the fee, there can be substantial financial obligations within accepted grid offers - and the site may not even be viable.

Farm diversification income from energy projects – frequently asked questions (as at 2018)

June 25th, 2018|Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies|

As rural landowners look to diversify and tackle the economic challenges post-Brexit, energy schemes can offer those with viable sites a new income solution. We’ve compiled a list of answers to the most common questions we get asked by landowners.

Get in or miss out, warns Roadnight Taylor

June 8th, 2018|Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, News|

Press release: Landowners who are considering generating or storing energy should act fast before grid capacity runs out. The electrical grid is heavily constrained with some areas having only pockets of capacity remaining. So even where a site has good planning and access attributes, it may not be able to get a grid connection which stops a project in its tracks.

13 Do’s and Don’ts for securing lucrative ground rents from energy schemes

May 15th, 2018|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, News, Public Sector|

There are opportunities for landowners to earn diversification incomes from power generation and energy storage schemes. We give some tips to ensure you secure the best ground rents from hosting such schemes.

Battery storage versus gas gensets – a market snapshot

May 2nd, 2018|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, News, Public Sector|

We are currently seeing a stronger market and appetite from developers for gas genset sites compared to battery storage sites. This results from several related market conditions which we explain below.

Don’t miss National Grid’s deadline

April 5th, 2018|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, News, Public Sector|

Press release: Time is running out for landowners who want to host a large-scale power generation or battery storage scheme, with a key deadline looming.

How assessment and design fees became connection offer expenses

March 28th, 2018|Commercial & Industrial, Energy Developers, Farms & Estates, Grid Consultancy, News, Public Sector, Published Articles|

Hugh was invited to contribute a feature article to Utility Week. Given the impending Connection Offer Expenses that Distribution DNOs can charge from 6 April 2018, he surveyed his contacts at the DNOs to get an idea of their charging intentions.

Act quickly to avoid grid application fees

March 16th, 2018|Commercial & Industrial, Energy Developers, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, Grid Consultancy, News, Public Sector|

Press release: Farmers and landowners interested in energy generation or storage projects should act quickly to avoid potentially steep fees. From 6 April network operators in England, Wales and Scotland will be able to charge up-front fees for grid connection offers, which could run into thousands of pounds.

Tread carefully with grid advice before paying for an application

February 15th, 2018|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Grid Consultancy, News, Public Sector|

Many landowners have contacted us recently after they've been approached by firms touting grid advice and persuading landowners to sign up to up-front fees for making a battery storage grid application. Read how you should beware of this approach and find out how we are different.

Will Bond, The Holme Estate

December 14th, 2017|Champions - Testimonials|

Championing us for our relationships and expertise "Hugh’s relationship with our local network operator, his deep understanding of connections policy and his team’s extensive technical and market knowledge has been instrumental in keeping our large, complex and non-standard mixed-technology scheme on track." Will Bond The Holme Estate, Dorset Contact us Speak to us to today to find out how we can help you maximise your energy opportunities. Call the team on 01993 830571 or email us through our Contact Us page. Contact

Graham Hunt, Landowner

December 12th, 2017|Champions - Testimonials|

Championing us for our advice “I am so glad the Roadnight Taylor were introduced to me by my land agent at Knight Frank. If they hadn’t, I would have been ripped off left, right and centre by developers. I’ve had so much value from Roadnight Taylor. In fact, I would have been happy if their bill had been treble what it was!” Graham Hunt Landowner, Taunton Contact us Speak to us to today to find out how we can help you maximise your energy opportunities. Call the team on 01993 830571 or email us through our [...]

A sad day caused by grid connection application scandal

December 4th, 2017|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Grid Consultancy, News, Public Sector, Published Articles|

Land and property owners need to be made aware of some of the practices of some 'grid consultants' and land agents during the grid connection application process that could cost them unnecessary time and money and that are putting the Network Operators' system planning teams under considerable pressure.

Discover your battery storage opportunities ahead of your neighbours

December 1st, 2017|Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, News, Published Articles|

We were delighted to be asked to contribute 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.

Tim Malpas, Wasing Park and Estate

November 30th, 2017|Champions - Testimonials, Farms & Estates, Grid Consultancy|

Championing us for our approach "The Roadnight Taylor approach to unlocking value from renewables has been refreshing and uncomplicated. The team have efficiently secured grid connections in rapid time, introduced development partners and provided perspective on changing policy and industry trends. With a 5MW solar farm completed and a further 40MW under option for peaking power I cannot recommend Roadnight Taylor highly enough for straightforward pragmatic advice." Tim Malpas Land Agent, Wasing Park and Estate Contact us Speak to us to today to find out how we can help you maximise your energy opportunities. Call the [...]

Will we see standalone subsidy-free solar in 2018?

November 30th, 2017|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, News, Public Sector|

2017 saw the first subsidy-free solar farm energise, but the scheme was located with battery storage and had an existing suitable grid connection. The burning question is when could we see a subsidy-free standalone scheme deployed on a new connection?

Behind-the-meter battery storage: the pitfalls to avoid

November 24th, 2017|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, News, Public Sector|

Behind-the-meter battery storage remains an expensive technology, and the risks of investing unwisely are high if you haven’t done your research and correct planning first. Battery storage is not suited to all sites, not all sites will a business case for scheme and the risks of being mis-sold are high.

Should you be tapping into battery storage opportunities behind the meter?

November 21st, 2017|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, News, Public Sector|

Battery storage located ‘behind the meter’ is an emerging market which holds huge potential for energy cost savings and income opportunities for some businesses, farms and estates. We look at what it is, which sites it is suited to and highlight the benefits it can bring to a site.

Christopher Smith, Perdix Partnership

November 10th, 2017|Champions - Testimonials, Farms & Estates|

Championing us for our expertise “Having been at Knight Frank for 27 years, I am well placed to judge that Roadnight Taylor’s niche expertise does not exist in land agent firms, even among national players with in-house teams. Neither is it found within the technical grid consultants that land agents and surveyors might use.” Christopher Smith Perdix Partnership Contact us Speak to us to today to find out how we can help you maximise your energy opportunities. Call the team on 01993 830571 or email us through our Contact Us page. Contact

‘Grid is King’ for any stand-alone or co-located scheme

October 25th, 2017|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Grid Consultancy, News, Public Sector, Published Articles|

We are delighted that our CEO, Hugh Taylor, has been interviewed for The Energyst. Grid is King for any standalone or behind-the-meter, single technology or co-located schemes.

Subsidy-free stand-alone solar is coming, but it isn’t quite here yet

October 9th, 2017|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, Grid Consultancy, News, Public Sector|

At the end of September the UK's first subsidy-free solar farm was unveiled. 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.

What makes a good gas genset site?

September 29th, 2017|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, News, Public Sector|

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. A gas genset may be suitable for sites where a battery storage isn't.

Find out if you have viable battery storage or power scheme sites

August 16th, 2017|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, News, Public Sector|

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.

How to choose the right grid consultant

August 1st, 2017|Commercial & Industrial, Energy Developers, Farms & Estates, Grid Consultancy, News, Public Sector|

With the power generation and energy storage industry awash with developers and consultants, how can landowners looking to invest in energy schemes be confident that they are making the right decision and investing their time and money in the right company or consultant?

Do you have a site suitable for battery storage?

July 28th, 2017|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, News, Public Sector, Published Articles|

Numerous factors must conspire for a site to be viable for battery storage. See how you should find out if you have genuine potential for a site in this article first published in Energy Now magazine.

Be proactive. Don’t wait for a developer to come to you.

June 29th, 2017|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, Grid Consultancy, News|

To get the best out of any scheme we encourage landowners to be proactive and investigate their energy opportunities. If appropriate, seek permission to connect to the electrical grid before a developer approaches them. Maintaining control throughout the process is key to success.

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Why shouldn’t a landowner authorise a developer to apply for a grid connection?

May 19th, 2017|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Grid Consultancy, News, Public Sector|

Don’t sign a letter authorising a renewables or storage developer to apply for a grid connection on your land. Find out the reasons why and what you should do instead.

Is battery storage suitable for your farm?

March 1st, 2017|Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, News, Published Articles|

Hugh contributed to an article on battery storage in the National Farmers Union (NFU) British Farmer and Grower magazine in February 2017. He explained that farmer or landowner-owned battery storage schemes are best suited to sites that have year-long, high and variable power use – for example for processing, heating or cooling - ideally twinned with high and intermittent on-site energy generation.

Woah! Hold your horses on battery storage!

March 1st, 2017|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, News, Public Sector|

Hugh urges those spouting forth the huge opportunities from battery storage to approach storage much more cautiously. He looks at the pitfalls and correct approaches to leasing sites to storage developers and self-funded schemes.

Landowners must secure grid connection rights quickly and independently to safeguard income

February 8th, 2017|Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, Grid Consultancy, News|

The rental income from hosting a large-scale energy scheme can be extremely beneficial for any landowner or farmer with a suitable site. Getting permission to connect to the electrical grid is the most important factor in determining the success and income from any scheme and is one which landowners must approach with caution.

Tarquin Henderson, ReEnergise Projects Ltd

January 18th, 2017|Champions - Testimonials|

Championing us for our expertise and independence "We place great value on Roadnight Taylor’s high-end, niche grid and power expertise. They are very much our go-to partners as their independence, objectivity and technology-neutrality perfectly matches our own approach, and their knowledge and experience neatly complements our own specialist expertise in energy efficiency and renewable heat.  We are extremely confident in introducing Hugh and his team to our significant clients, as he has done for us." Tarquin Henderson Managing Director, ReEnergise Projects Ltd Contact us Speak to us to today to find out how we can help [...]

Grid rights and wrongs

July 1st, 2016|Commercial & Industrial, Grid Consultancy, News, Published Articles|

Excerpts from an article written by Hugh Taylor for the RICS Property Journal. In the full article, Hugh looks at the growing market for small decentralised power schemes, highlights how grid rights can be valuable, and how to avoid common grid right pitfalls.

Rural energy revival

June 1st, 2016|Farms & Estates, Grid Consultancy, News, Published Articles|

Excerpts from an article Hugh Taylor had published in the RICS Land Journal in June 2016. Hugh examined the current and future prospects for energy opportunities for rural landowners, details some of the complex systems that National Grid use to balance grid supply and the revenues that could be available to landowners.

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