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Renewables projects face 10-year wait to connect to electricity grid

By |May 11th, 2022|Energy Developers, Grid Consultancy, News, Published Articles|

Developers seeking to connect to the electricity grid are being given connection timescales of 2028 and well beyond. We flagged this to the Financial Times and are thrilled they ran with the story.

Managing land rights consents in the changing grid connections landscape

By |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 Connections Manager – Position Filled

By |February 22nd, 2022|Commercial & Industrial, Energy Developers, Grid Consultancy, News|

We have a vacancy for a Grid Connections Manager to have complete oversight of specific clients’ grid connections operations – becoming each client’s own Virtual In-house Network Specialist.

Grid expertise delivers unprecedented connection success for Novus

By |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.

Dash for Transmission – Electricity Storage Network

By |January 27th, 2022|Commercial & Industrial, Energy Developers, Grid Consultancy, News|

Catherine Cleary was invited to join the panel at the Electricity Storage Network (ESN) Annual Marketplace to discuss the increase in applications for transmission-connected energy storage projects, and the challenges and opportunities for connecting storage at transmission level.

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

By |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.

Headline sponsor of Regen’s Green Energy Awards

By |November 25th, 2021|Featured, News|

We’re proud to be headline sponsor of the Regen Green Energy Awards 2022 - a leading national celebration of innovative technologies, pioneering companies, and inspiring individuals shaking up the energy system and driving the UK towards a zero-carbon future.

Partnering with NFU Energy to deliver their Renewable Energy Solutions Service

By |October 5th, 2021|Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, News|

We are delighted to partner with NFU Energy to deliver their new Renewable Energy Solutions – a service to help farmers and landowners assess and develop renewable energy schemes on their land.

Pete Aston joins Roadnight Taylor as Network Engineer

By |August 1st, 2021|Commercial & Industrial, Energy Developers, Featured, Grid Consultancy, News, Public Sector|

Find out more about Pete Aston, former Primary System Design Manager at Western Power Distribution, and his reasons why he joined Roadnight Taylor. Our CEO, Hugh Taylor, also explains why Pete is a perfect fit for the Roadnight Taylor team.

Landowners need not carry professional costs for aborted energy schemes

By |July 7th, 2021|Farms & Estates, News|

Landowners who are entering into agreements with energy developers should make sure that the agreement includes an undertaking for their professional fees to be covered by the developer. Otherwise, if the scheme does not go ahead the landowner could end up paying high professional costs.

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

By |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.

Don’t take a risk with energy agreements

By |April 15th, 2021|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, Grid Consultancy, News, Public Sector|

Landowners must think twice before signing renewable energy agreements as they could end up tied into astronomical bills and unsuccessful projects, or be unable to successfully negotiate rents and lease terms.

Green Recovery Scheme call for evidence – take a considered approach

By |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.

Smart distributed network of the future – Electricity Storage Network

By |February 14th, 2021|Commercial & Industrial, Energy Developers, Grid Consultancy, News|

Catherine Cleary was invited to join the panel at the Electricity Storage Network (ESN) Annual Marketplace to discuss the smart distributed network of the future.

The fundamental elements of clean energy scheme leases

By |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

By |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

By |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

By |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

By |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.

Cut your energy bills with Climate Change Agreement – with Heck! Food case study

By |October 16th, 2020|Commercial & Industrial, News, Published Articles|

Many businesses are unaware they could be eligible for the Climate Change Agreement Scheme to reduce the Climate Change Levy. Richard wrote this article and used the example of our recent work with clients Heck! Foods.

Farm diversification income from energy projects – frequently asked questions

By |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.

Webinar: Maximising chances of achieving large-scale energy schemes

By |August 25th, 2020|Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, News|

Hugh was invited to speak on webinar hosted by Lodders. Hugh lit a clear path to maximising your chances of achieving long-term, reliable leases from large-scale energy schemes, while Alastair Frew provided insight on a range of renewable energy legal issues.

Industry should act fast to save on the Climate Change Levy

By |August 7th, 2020|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Featured, News, Published Articles|

BEIS has extended the CCA scheme by another 2 years, and the deadline for applications for new entrants to 30 November 2020. Roadnight Taylor can help businesses assess eligibility and the cost/benefit of entering the scheme in the context of an investment strategy in low carbon assets.

Deadline looms to reduce Climate Change Levy

By |July 17th, 2020|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, News, Public Sector, Published Articles|

Businesses have only a few months left to benefit from reduced energy bills through the extended Climate Change Agreement (CCA) scheme. Richard Palmer explained to The Energyst why even smaller business should think about joining the CCA scheme

Roadnight Taylor appointed as a Crown Commercial Service supplier

By |June 2nd, 2020|Feasibility Studies, Grid Consultancy, News, Public Sector|

We’re pleased to announce our appointment onto Crown Commercial Service’s Heat Networks and Electricity Generation Assets (HELGA) agreement.

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

By |May 15th, 2020|Commercial & Industrial, News, Public Sector, Published Articles|

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.

Non-domestic solar arrays underperforming by £millions annually

By |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

By |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.

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

By |April 24th, 2020|Farms & Estates, News, Published Articles|

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

Electric Vehicle Evolution – CLA Land & Business

By |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.

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

By |March 25th, 2020|Commercial & Industrial, Featured, News, Public Sector|

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.

G99 applications and compliance – the what, the why and the how

By |March 20th, 2020|Energy Developers, Grid Consultancy, News|

We look at why the new Engineering Recommendation G99 was needed and what these more complex requirements now mean for power generation or storage plant being connected to the UK electricity network.

Farm diversification into energy: the options and returns

By |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

By |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

By |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

By |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?

By |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

By |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

By |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

By |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.

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

By |October 8th, 2019|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, 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!

By |October 8th, 2019|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, 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.

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

By |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

By |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.

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

By |July 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

By |June 24th, 2019|Farms & Estates, News, Published Articles|

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.

Interested in energy schemes? Check grid capacity regularly

By |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

By |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.

50MW solar scheme in Nottinghamshire

By |May 21st, 2019|Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, Grid Consultancy, News|

We're delighted for our landowning client for whom we secured 50MW of grid capacity for a solar scheme on 205 acres in Nottinghamshire. It was a pleasure working with Harry Edwards of Fisher German LLP on this and great to see the project into the incredibly safe pair of hands of Michael Beale and his brilliant team at Lightsource BP.  Read more on the scheme as published on Solar Power Portal here. This is not our biggest scheme - but it is one of several large sites that we have secured grid connection rights in recent months.

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

By |April 22nd, 2019|Feasibility Studies, 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.

Large-scale solar back on track for rural estates

By |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

By |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

By |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

By |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

By |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

By |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

By |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.

Energy expert joins our team and we move to a larger office

By |July 12th, 2018|News|

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Richard Palmer, an experienced land and energy professional, to the team. With the third new appointment in less than a year, we've also moved to new offices in Burford to accommodate our growing team.

Get in or miss out, warns Roadnight Taylor

By |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

By |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

By |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

By |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

By |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

By |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.

CLA members – find out if you have potential battery storage or power scheme sites

By |March 13th, 2018|Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, News|

While opportunities for power generation and battery storage schemes exist in industrial and urban areas, the greatest potential can be found in rural areas. Find out why we are offering CLA (Country Land and Business Association) members an exclusive offer on our Stop/Go feasibility studies.

Tread carefully with grid advice before paying for an application

By |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.

A sad day caused by grid connection application scandal

By |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

By |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.

Will we see standalone subsidy-free solar in 2018?

By |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

By |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?

By |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.

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

By |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

By |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?

By |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

By |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

By |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?

By |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.

By |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?

By |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.

“Fascinating, entertaining and thought-provoking” public speaking

By |April 17th, 2017|News|

Our CEO, Hugh Taylor, is an experienced public speaker and speaks at many energy and business events. Read some of the great feedback and book him for your event. His talks always get good feedback and generate plenty of discussion after he has left the platform.

Is battery storage suitable for your farm?

By |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!

By |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

By |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.

Grid rights and wrongs

By |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

By |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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