With the UK and world focus on reducing carbon emissions, heat projects such as biomass, ground and air source heat pumps, geothermal and solar thermal projects play an increasingly important role in the UK achieving its 2020 renewable energy target of 12% of heat being supplied from renewable sources.

Whilst opportunities for renewable heat are important to the energy sector, businesses need expert advice to overcome the contractual and regulatory obstacles that they will face.

Renewable heat is more than individual assets  with district heat networks increasingly being recognised by local authorities and other registered providers as well as the wider public sector as a mechanism that can play a positive role in empowering communities and establishing greater energy cost certainty and security for consumers. With the current UK government rebalancing economic priorities, local authorities and registered providers have a real opportunity to develop schemes that can act as a catalyst for urban renewal and economic growth.

We have worked on heat projects throughout the UK and have just launched our heat whitepaper on the subject. Our experts advise on the full project lifecycle, from real estate to planning, construction packages to financing and operation.

Working in a collegiate way we draw in expertise from all sectors  to ensure that we gather the most effective mix of people, skills and experience for each project. We have particular expertise in advising on district heat network schemes, fuel supply agreements and regulatory issues that are crucial to the successful delivery of renewable heat projects.

Our Expertise

Our expertise renewable heat projects include the following:

  • Procurement and funding
  • Compliance with the Renewable Heat Incentive
  • Negotiating fuel supply agreements
  • Drafting and negotiating Option and Lease agreements
  • Construction contracts
  • Construction disputes

Our Experience

  • Acting on a large biomass district heating leased system for a commercial biomass supplier with a large manufacturer
  • Supply and installation contracts for a large estate for biomass
  • Review and advice on a district heating system for a retrofit of a residential estate
  • Advice on ground source and air source heating systems for a housing association
  • Gas to Grid Anearobic Digestion
  • District heating system advice for community energy group for supply to local authority
  • Advising on RHI accreditation and Ofgem elegibility

Our clients include: Forest Fuels, Wood Heat Association, Mi- Generation, Minus7, Mole Energy, Dunster Biomass Heating,
Coombe Raleigh Estate and Tregothnan Estate

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