Richard Palmer

About Richard Palmer

Richard delivers a range of behind the meter energy solutions for Roadnight Taylor’s rural, commercial and public sector clients. He started his career in wholesale trading at National Power and subsequently held several senior commercial roles in the retail business. He is also a qualified Chartered Surveyor with 10 years land management experience.

Q&A: Why business rates shouldn’t scare people away from solar – Solar Power Portal

2020-05-15T11:57:16+00:00May 15th, 2020|Commercial & Industrial, News, Public Sector, Published Articles, PV HealthCheck|

After the Lidl's case highlighted business rates on solar, Richard was interviewed by Solar Power Portal to find out what needs to change to make business rates and solar work.

Beware of costly business rate liability on solar PV installations – Farmers Weekly

2020-04-30T14:39:17+00:00April 24th, 2020|Farms & Estates, News, Published Articles, PV HealthCheck|

Richard was interviewed by Farmers Weekly on how farmers are being caught unawares by costly business rate charges on solar PV installations.

Farms and rural businesses: Avoid costly solar PV business rate pitfalls

2020-04-29T14:24:54+00:00March 25th, 2020|Farms & Estates, News, PV HealthCheck|

Hidden business rates charges are catching out farmers and many rural businesses with solar PV installations, but taking expert advice could prevent this.

Don’t let Lidl business rates liability case scare you away from solar

2020-04-29T14:24:42+00:00March 25th, 2020|Commercial & Industrial, Featured, News, Public Sector, PV HealthCheck|

The recent news that supermarket chain Lidl saw its business rates jump by over 528% due to changes in the valuation of the solar PV installations at its sites, should not scare businesses away from solar.

Smart Export Guarantee – Part 2: What to do now if investing in renewables

2020-02-25T17:37:55+00:00October 8th, 2019|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, Financial Modelling, Investment Appraisal, News, Public Sector|

The days of stacking lots of solar panels on a roof to benefit from the FiT are over. A change in mindset is needed when considering investment in renewables. Richard Palmer looks at how you can make sure you invest wisely.

Smart Export Guarantee – Part 1: Not so smart or much of a guarantee!

2020-02-25T17:38:07+00:00October 8th, 2019|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, Financial Modelling, Investment Appraisal, News, Public Sector|

Our Senior Consultant, Richard Palmer, looks at the new Smart Export Guarantee and explains, how as financial returns are no longer guaranteed, it forces a mindset switch for those looking to invest in renewable energy schemes.

Renewables projects – a series of articles with Ashfords Energy & Waste Team

2020-02-25T16:35:30+00:00July 24th, 2019|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, News, Public Sector|

A series of articles written by Ashfords Energy & Waste Team and Roadnight Taylor's Richard Palmer assessing the opportunities and challenges for owners of renewable energy assets or for those looking to invest in a scheme.

Improving returns and reducing liabilities of PV arrays

2020-02-25T16:46:04+00:00June 24th, 2019|Farms & Estates, News, Published Articles, PV HealthCheck|

Richard Palmer was invited to contribute an article to the Old Mill Rural Insight. He wrote about the issues we are uncovering in our PV Healthchecks and how farms and estates can improve financial and technical performance of solar arrays and mitigate the financial risks being carried by some schemes.

Major steps for battery storage signal time for more industry support for smaller-scale schemes

2020-02-25T17:26:37+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Feasibility Studies, Financial Modelling, News|

The recent EDF Energy deal with Anesco and continuing fall in the LCOE for battery storage, are both great news for battery storage. Richard explains what more can be done by the industry to become less reliant on Government support and allow investments in battery storage to flourish, particularly in smaller organisations.