No Content Set
Exception:
Website.Models.ViewModels.Components.General.Banners.BannerComponentVm

Services

Technical services and consulting solutions for clients in the property, energy, transport, water, resources, defence and government sectors.

Advisory and management consulting

Advisory and management consulting services for businesses and projects, including economics, due diligence, transaction advisory, ESG and more.

Communications, creative and digital

Communications, creative and digital solutions for governments and businesses including community engagement, design, research, data and software development.

Laboratories

Scientific analysis services for AgroScience, food safety, workplace exposure, environmental metrics and contaminants of concern in Europe and the UK.

Planning and approvals

Development strategy, planning and approval solutions for buildings, infrastructure, transport and city projects and investments.

Project and program management

Project management solutions for the most complex building, infrastructure, organisational change, and systems projects.

Training

Specialist training services, programs and accreditation for health, safety and risk, project management, and energy sector capability development.

Sectors

World-leading technical and consulting solutions for clients in the property, energy, transport, resources, water, defence and government sectors.

Property

Design, technical and advisory services for the property sector, including residential, commercial, retail, industrial, health, education and data centre projects.

Energy

Energy exploration, development and optimisation solutions for renewables, power and gas networks, energy storage, oil and gas and nuclear facilties.

Transport

Smart, safe and sustainable transport infrastructure development services and advice for rail, aviation, port and road clients and projects.

Defence and government services

Expertise for defence capability and infrastructure investments, security and safety projects, and information and telecommunications initatives.

Water

Discover our industry-leading strategy, design and management solutions for wastewater, groundwater, flooding, drainage and network infrastructure.

Resources

Commercial data, design advice and technical management solutions for safe and environmentally responsible resource exploration and operations.

About us

Responsibility

Services

Technical services and consulting solutions for clients in the property, energy, transport, water, resources, defence and government sectors.

explore Services
Advisory and management consulting

Advisory and management consulting services for businesses and projects, including economics, due diligence, transaction advisory, ESG and more.

Due diligence

Economics

Strategy and transformation

Commercial and technical advisory

Transaction advisory

Project investment and finance

ESG consulting

Explore Advisory and management consulting
Communications, creative and digital

Communications, creative and digital solutions for governments and businesses including community engagement, design, research, data and software development.

Communications and engagement

Creative, visualisation and immersive design

Social advisory and research

Data management, analytics and insights

Spatial intelligence and GIS

Software development

Explore Communications, creative and digital
Design and development

Technical and consulting services for buildings, infrastructure and cities including architecture, engineering, surveying, landscape architecture and urban design.

Architecture

Lifts and escalators

Building services engineering

Civil engineering

Fire engineering

Geotechnical engineering

Landscape architecture

Structural engineering

Surveying

Utility options and design

Urban design

Explore Design and development
Laboratories

Scientific analysis services for AgroScience, food safety, workplace exposure, environmental metrics and contaminants of concern in Europe and the UK.

AgroScience analysis

Food safety analysis

PFAS Analysis

Environmental analysis

Analysis of unknowns

Workplace exposure analysis

Explore Laboratories
Planning and approvals

Development strategy, planning and approval solutions for buildings, infrastructure, transport and city projects and investments.

Planning consultancy

Transport planning

Explore Planning and approvals
Project and program management

Project management solutions for the most complex building, infrastructure, organisational change, and systems projects.

Program management

Project management

Cost management / quantity surveying

Building consultancy

Explore Project and program management
Training

Specialist training services, programs and accreditation for health, safety and risk, project management, and energy sector capability development.

Health, safety and risk

Training: project management

Capability development and training for the energy sector

Explore Training

Sectors

World-leading technical and consulting solutions for clients in the property, energy, transport, resources, water, defence and government sectors.

explore Sectors
Property

Design, technical and advisory services for the property sector, including residential, commercial, retail, industrial, health, education and data centre projects.

Residential

Commercial and retail

Leisure and tourism

Industrial

Health and healthcare

Education

Data centres

Explore Property
Energy

Energy exploration, development and optimisation solutions for renewables, power and gas networks, energy storage, oil and gas and nuclear facilties.

Oil and gas

Renewables

Nuclear facilities

Power and gas networks

Storage

Explore Energy
Transport

Smart, safe and sustainable transport infrastructure development services and advice for rail, aviation, port and road clients and projects.

Rail

Aviation

Ports

Roads

Explore Transport
Defence and government services

Expertise for defence capability and infrastructure investments, security and safety projects, and information and telecommunications initatives.

Defence

Security and safety

Information and telecommunications

Explore Defence and government services
Water

Discover our industry-leading strategy, design and management solutions for wastewater, groundwater, flooding, drainage and network infrastructure.

Water management

Wastewater

Flooding and drainage

Groundwater

UK and Ireland regulated water asset management

Explore Water
Resources

Commercial data, design advice and technical management solutions for safe and environmentally responsible resource exploration and operations.

Mining

Waste

Explore Resources

Projects

We define, design and manage projects that create shared value to a complex, urbanising and resource-scarce world.

explore Projects

Brilliant minds finding solutions to complex problems, made easy to understand. Making complex easy.

Brilliant minds finding solutions to complex problems, made easy to understand. Making complex easy.

explore Insights

Is solar for you? 8 key considerations for solar energy developments

As concerns over energy prices and security of supply escalate, many organisations and individuals are exploring renewables as a solution. Here, we share eight key points to consider when embarking on a solar project.

30 August 2022 | 4 min read
Jon Edinborough Geoff Dewick Jon Alsop Rob Whittle
ON THIS PAGE
Contact us
Solar farm in field

1. What are you looking to achieve?

Perhaps your objectives are focused on reducing carbon and achieving sustainability targets. For others, solar might also be a way of generating revenue from unused or under-utilised land. Whatever your goals, it’s vital to give them adequate thought and share them with your advisers. This will allow them to assess – taking into consideration the real estate available - if solar is the right option to achieve these goals.

2. What are your generation capabilities based on your available space?

It’s important to think about the land and roof space you have available and whether it’s likely to be suitable for a solar project. Location, environmental and utility constraints, and building structure all need to be reviewed when deciding if a solar project is feasible.

3. What’s your route to market?

To understand the appropriate procurement procedures, you'll need to consider several factors:

  • if you have a connection to the grid or a ‘private wire’ connection
  • if your capital plan requires funding support from financial institutions for the development, or if you need support from landowners to secure land
  • when procuring a design/construction partner, you need to undertake sufficient due diligence to ensure they have the relevant experience and expertise to make the project a success

4. What are the associated costs?

When deciding if solar is the right option, you’ll need to consider if it’s also viable from an economic perspective. You’ll need to gain an understanding of the design, build, grid connection, operations and maintenance costs. Most solar projects have a lifespan of around 25 years and regular maintenance will be required, so it’s critical to build this cost in at the outset.

Comparing initial capital expenditure costs and the 25-year maintenance costs against the forecasted revenue based on your available real state will give you a good indication of the viability of the development. You'll also need to take your overall project goals into account too.

5. Is it technically feasible?

As well as being economically viable, ask yourself: is the project technically feasible? This depends significantly on the real estate available and any constraints there may be. For example, the position and location of land and buildings may mean that the technology won’t be capable of generating the energy required to meet your goals. It may also present difficulties in connecting to the grid. Ensuring sufficient due diligence is undertaken is key to the success of any renewables project.

6. What are the specific design requirements?

In order to maximise available space, you will need to establish the most effective way to design the project. For roof mounted solar, some buildings may need adaptations to enable solar panels to be added. The design will also need to consider the position of the buildings to help maximise energy generation.

7. What consents are required?

At the start of the project, it’s vital to understand what planning consents will be required. Depending on the scale of energy generation being proposed, solar development projects are subject to either the 1990 Town & Country Planning Act or the 2008 Planning Act Development Consent Order (DCO) route to consent. A DCO is required where the energy generation is >50Mw, comprising a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. These consents follow different processes, but both require environmental information to be submitted when making an application. Typically, pre-application work, including consultation and engagement with stakeholders, will be undertaken along with detailed surveys and reports to assess whether the project is likely to be granted.

8. How will you monitor, evaluate and maximise solar performance?

Once the project is in operation, you’ll need to monitor and evaluate the performance to ensure it meets the goals set from the outset, along with any ongoing requirements set out in the planning conditions. You may also need to provide updates to investors and key stakeholders who will want to be assured the project is delivering sufficient return on any investments.

Example of pdf - Lifecycle of a solar project