How it works, in brief
Our development teams coordinate in-house expertise from across our business to ensure cost efficiencies at every stage of a project. We also look to secure cooperation from and with local communities, authorities and energy companies – so we can achieve the best results. Balancing commercial, environmental and social concerns to develop cost effective, sustainable projects
When choosing a site, we consider a range of issues. These include land use, ecology, solar resource (or wind speed and terrain) and ease of access, as well as planning policies and proximity to people’s homes. Then, with knowledgeable in-house teams on hand for the technical and engineering challenges – such as resource assessment, procuring the most appropriate technology, civil engineering and grid connection – we get to work designing and building successful projects.
Design and development
When developing and designing our projects, we involve local communities and commission independent environmental assessments. We are essentially guests on the sites at this stage, so we look to establish and maintain good relationships with landowners and the local communities. We also work closely with legal authorities to secure the necessary leases, planning and grid connection permits.
Our developers also work with legal and commercial teams to negotiate power agreements with local and national distribution companies – to agree off-take, financing, interconnection and transmission agreements, ready for construction or sale.