Our experienced solicitors provide support and advice to community organisations on all aspects of saving, buying and producing energy.
We understand that saving, buying and producing energy can be complex for community organisations. We regularly work with community organisations to guide them through the process of saving, buying and producing energy, whether they are a generator or supplier of community energy, looking to improve SAP ratings of your stock, replacing your communal-energy systems or requiring Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) arrangements to save energy.
Cold living conditions can have a big impact on the wellbeing of tenants and can affect their health, education and work outcomes. We work in partnership with community organisation to advise on large-scale rooftop energy installations to biomass boilers and district heating systems.
The changes to the Feed in Tariff (FiT) initially saw a decrease in the use of rooftop solar installations, however they are now making a return and are no longer reliant on FiT subsidy. The issues with funders still exist but can be overcome.
The prospect of producing your own energy and selling any excess is an exciting proposition for both high and lower energy use businesses and could yield a good return. Our experienced energy team can advise community organisations on all aspects of producing and selling energy and can also advise on the different funding models for retrofitting schemes to save energy.
Funding energy improvements to non-tenanted assets, through savings from utility bills, can be a complex but ultimately rewarding way of investing in communal or commercial assets. Our experienced solicitors have many years of experience working with community organisations to manage the risk areas in these EPC arrangements including the extent to which savings are guaranteed, re-basing energy costs when changes happen within an organisation and looking at defects and response times if energy-saving equipment turns out to be faulty.
Our understanding of the different funding regimes for energy-saving works such as CESP (Community Energy Savings Programme), ECO 1 and 2, renewable heat-incentive payments and funding through ERDF, make us well placed to advise community organisations on energy saving.
Our saving, buying and producing energy service
At Anthony Collins Solicitors our experienced energy team regularly work with community organisations to advise on all aspects of saving, buying and producing energy, including:
- Supporting organisations looking to improve SAP ratings of their stock.
- Advising on replacing communal energy systems, such as large-scale rooftop energy installations to biomass boilers and district heating systems.
- Advising on Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) arrangements to save energy.
- Support organisations to improve the living conditions of tenants.
- Advising social business organisations on developing asset-management strategies
- Supporting and advising on producing and selling energy.
The opportunities to produce green energy, sell energy or save energy through retrofitting to lift tenants out of fuel poverty have never been greater. We are committed to this agenda, and this helps us to understand your overall objectives and drive projects through with you on this basis.
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