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.
We secured 8MW of viable grid capacity for a battery storage scheme connecting at 33kV and secured competitive offers from developers for our large rural estate client.
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.
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?
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.
Power generation and storage schemes can make a lot of money in ground rent for the few landowners lucky to have them. But capacity on the grid is in short supply and is issued by network operators on a strictly first-come-first served basis. You must act quickly.
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.
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.
Our has successfully entered into a lease with the leading solar developer-operator, after previously and ill-advisedly signing a letter authorising am inexperienced ‘developer’ to apply for a connection.
Press release: Landowners must secure grid connection rights quickly and independently to safeguard income
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.