Grid Consultancy

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

50MW gas genset and 25MW battery storage scheme in Nottinghamshire

By |March 16th, 2018|Farms & Estates, Grid Consultancy|

Roadnight Taylor secured 50MW export capacity for a gas genset scheme and 25MW import capacity for battery storage and reduced the connection charge by £1.5 million for a landed estate in Nottinghamshire.

40MW gas genset and 10MW battery storage scheme in Shropshire

By |March 10th, 2018|Commercial & Industrial, Grid Consultancy|

Roadnight Taylor secured 40MW of export capacity and 10MW of import capacity for battery storage behind the same connection for an industrial client in Shropshire.

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.

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.

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.

Tim Malpas, Wasing Park and Estate

By |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 [...]

‘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.

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?

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.

Philip Hughes, Freshfield Energy

By |April 18th, 2017|Champions - Testimonials, Grid Consultancy|

Roadnight Taylor’s understanding of the grid has helped us unlock far more grid capacity than we had hoped for with a viable connection cost, and we look forward to promoting more sites with them for both anaerobic digestion and peaking plants.

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 [...]

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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