Exclusivity agreements for energy schemes: pitfalls and opportunities

2020-11-05T14:58:08+00:00October 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

2020-11-19T15:33:03+00:00September 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

2020-10-06T14:09:48+00:00August 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

2020-11-05T15:06:21+00:00July 23rd, 2020|Commercial & Industrial, Developer Services, 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.

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

2020-10-06T12:14:25+00:00April 29th, 2020|Commercial & Industrial, Developer Services, 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.

Beware of costly business rate liability on solar PV installations – Farmers Weekly

2020-10-06T12:14:46+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.