Feasibility Studies

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 the Roadnight Taylor team

By |June 28th, 2021|Energy Developers, Feasibility Studies, Featured, Grid Consultancy|

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Pete Aston as Network Engineer. He joins from Western Power Distribution (WPD), where he was Primary System Design Manager responsible for all grid connections to the high and extra-high voltage networks across all WPD's licence areas.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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

By |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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

By |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

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.

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.

20MW battery storage scheme in Greater Manchester

By |February 12th, 2018|Commercial & Industrial, Feasibility Studies, Grid Consultancy|

We secured 20MW of battery storage capacity on our client's redundant urban site and also secured the highest ground rent from a developer we have seen to date.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Nick Brown, The Thoresby Estate

By |April 18th, 2017|Champions - Testimonials, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, Grid Consultancy|

Championing us for scheme advice “Being somewhat cynical about the viability of solar energy, and having heard various horror stories about being used as a stalking horse by the solar farm developers and the cost of obtaining grid connection, I was keen to find good, impartial advice before committing the Estate to any discussions on the matter. Hugh certainly explained the whole process clearly and offers a sensible, risk free approach to this complex opportunity.  His team worked hard to make our first scheme a success, at 90 acres, and we have one more in planning.   I would [...]

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.

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