Solar and onshore wind projects

Featured guidance
Solar and onshore wind projects guidance:

The former Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) first published a Community Energy Strategy in 2014. In March 2015, DECC published an update on the community...

Practice Note

What is a 'generating station'? There are a number of different legislative definitions of a ‘generating station’ depending on the context; however, for planning purposes...

Practice Note

Introduction This Practice Note provides quick links to our Planning content of relevance to different types of renewable energy and storage projects located in England...

Practice Note

Introduction Following the introduction of the development consent regime under the Planning Act 2008 (PA 2008), the need to apply for consent under section 36 of the...

Practice Note

Introduction Following the introduction of the development consent regime under the Planning Act 2008 (PA 2008), the need to apply for consent under section 36 of the...

Practice Note

BREXIT: The UK is leaving the EU on Exit Day (as defined in the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018). This has an impact on this Practice Note. For guidance, see...

Practice Note

What are green loans? This Practice Note considers the green loan market, focusing on the Green Loan Principles (GLP), published by the Loan Market Association (LMA) and...

Practice Note

STOP PRESS: As of 1 April 2019, National Grid Electricity System Operator (NGESO) became a separate legal entity within the National Grid Group, separating the system...

Practice Note

Overview Operation and maintenance (O&M) of renewable energy projects is a critical component of an effective and successful project. Although capital expenditure...

Practice Note

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) encourages local planning authorities to design their local policies to maximise renewable and low carbon energy...

Practice Note

Most projects are underpinned by a complex web of contractual relationships between all the parties involved in the project (eg the project company, equity investors,...

Practice Note

What is onshore wind? Onshore wind refers to wind turbines that are installed in land. Wind turbines harness the energy of moving air (wind) to produce electricity. Wind...

Practice Note

Most projects are underpinned by a complex web of contractual relationships between all the parties involved in the project (eg the project company, equity investors,...

Practice Note

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development Order) 1995, SI 1995/418 (in Wales) and the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order...

Practice Note

The importance of renewable and low carbon energy The general principles of planning policy in England apply to renewable energy developments. However, there is...

Practice Note

What is/check the duration of the agreement? The term of the power purchase agreement (PPA) should coincide so far as practicable with the terms of any loans used to...

Practice Note

What is a power purchase agreement? A power purchase agreement (PPA) is a contract between an electricity generator (generator) and the party who is purchasing the power...

Practice Note

Introduction This Practice Note will look at the issues to take into consideration when financing renewable energy projects in the UK, particularly those that receive...

Practice Note

How are renewable energy projects typically structured? Renewable energy projects are often project financed. A special purpose vehicle (SPV) will be incorporated to...

Practice Note

Introduction This Practice Note provides a list of the key documents typically seen on financial completion of an onshore wind farm or large scale ground mounted...

Practice Note

What is a ROCTMA? Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) (see Practice Note: Renewables Obligation (RO)—key features) in the UK are traded through a bilateral market....

Practice Note

The National Policy Statement for Renewable Energy Infrastructure (the Renewables NPS) provides guidance on potential onshore wind farm impacts, including considerations...

Practice Note

What is solar thermal? Solar thermal refers to collectors that harness energy from the sun to generate hot water. Solar collectors are usually installed on roofs but can...

Practice Note

Policy context Technical Advice Note (TAN) 8 provides technical advice to supplement the policy set out in Planning Policy Wales (PPW), and should be read in conjunction...

Practice Note