Public Sector

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.

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.

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.

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.

Exclusivity agreements for energy schemes: pitfalls and opportunities

By |October 21st, 2020|Commercial & Industrial, Energy Developers, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, Featured, Grid Consultancy, Guest Blog, Public Sector|

In seeking to achieve a solar, wind or energy storage scheme, one of the first steps a developer will take is to secure an exclusivity agreement with the landowner.  We take a closer look at exclusivity agreements, speaking to the expert team at Renew Legal, to understand what they are, the issues that can arise from them and if there are alternative approaches.

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

Short deadline to reduce Climate Change Levy on energy bills

By |June 25th, 2020|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Featured, Public Sector|

Energy intensive businesses have until 30 September 2020 to benefit from reduced energy bills through an extended Government Climate Change Agreement scheme. It is available to a wide range of businesses and can offer many benefits not just financial.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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