Expertise: renewable power

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

2020-07-23T12:09:34+00:00July 23rd, 2020|Commercial & Industrial, Developer Services, Energy Developers, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, Grid Connection Services, 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.

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

2020-07-20T14:46:52+00:00May 15th, 2020|Commercial & Industrial, News, Public Sector, Published Articles, PV HealthCheck|

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

2020-06-25T09:13:21+00:00May 12th, 2020|Commercial & Industrial, Farms & Estates, Featured, News, Public Sector, PV HealthCheck|

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

2020-07-20T14:47:45+00:00April 29th, 2020|Commercial & Industrial, Developer Services, Energy Developers, Farms & Estates, Feasibility Studies, Grid Connection Services, 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

2020-07-20T14:56:02+00:00April 24th, 2020|Farms & Estates, News, Published Articles, PV HealthCheck|

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

Farms and rural businesses: Avoid costly solar PV business rate pitfalls

2020-04-29T14:24:54+00:00March 25th, 2020|Farms & Estates, News, PV HealthCheck|

Hidden business rates charges are catching out farmers and many rural businesses with solar PV installations, but taking expert advice could prevent this.

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

2020-04-29T14:24:42+00:00March 25th, 2020|Commercial & Industrial, Featured, News, Public Sector, PV HealthCheck|

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

2020-04-29T14:27:43+00:00March 20th, 2020|Developer Services, Energy Developers, Grid Connection Services, 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

2020-04-29T14:24:31+00:00February 24th, 2020|Developer Services, 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

2020-04-30T13:28:42+00:00February 6th, 2020|Developer Services, Energy Developers, Grid Connection Services, 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?