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Renewable Energy News

A range of renewable energy news stories are featured below. For further information about any of the stories featured, contact

Opportunities to promote land for battery or STOR energy sites

4th Apr 2017

There is a great opportunity for landowners to promote land for battery or STOR energy sites.

Ransom opportunities for landowners

7th Sep 2016

Potential “ransom opportunities” can produce large financial benefits to the adjoining landowners if their third party land is required for access or services.

Government Proposes Severe Cuts to Anaerobic Digestion Feed-in Tariffs

10th Jun 2016

The DECC has published a consultation document proposing major reductions in support for Anaerobic Digestion (AD) under the Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) scheme.

Is the future green for on-farm renewable energy?

9th Feb 2016

News update from February 2016, about the future of on-farm renewable energy. Any questions? Contact a member of our Renewable Energy team.

Government Response to Review of FiT's Scheme

17th Dec 2015

Our news update from December 2015 on the government's response to a review of the Feed-in Tariff. Find out more here, contact us for more information.

Removal of FiT preliminary accreditation despite 0.6% support

10th Sep 2015

The fears of many stakeholders in the UK renewable energy marketplace were partially realised on 9 September 2015 when the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) confirmed the Government’s decision to remove pre-accreditation under the Feed-in Tar

Review of the Feed-In Tariff Scheme

28th Aug 2015

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have issued a consultation document on 27th August 2015 proposing cost control measures under the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme.

Consultations heap more misery on battered Renewable Energy industry

19th Jul 2015

Consultations outlining proposals which could heap yet more misery on the already battered sector

Blow to UK wind energy industry

19th Jun 2015

The 18 June 2015 marked a gloomy day for the wind energy industry in the UK.

Renewable energy team keep one step ahead

25th Mar 2015

Renewable energy experts spent time on the factory floor of leading farm scale wind turbine manufacturer Endurance Wind Power.

Results in for first CfD action – solar parks lose out

2nd Mar 2015

The results of the first Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction have just been announced.

250 strong crowd attend 8 RICS renewable energy CPD seminars

16th Jan 2015

In the autumn of 2014, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) chose renewable energy experts Fisher German to deliver training to RICS valuers.

DECC announce lower than anticipated biomass degression for January 2015

28th Nov 2014

Surprise announcement from DECC means a decrease in anticipated degression in January 2015.

Fisher German chosen by RICS to deliver renewables lectures

11th Nov 2014

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has chosen renewable energy experts Fisher German to deliver training across the UK to RICS valuers.

Renewable Energy sees a professional turnout in Lincolnshire

3rd Nov 2014

On 29 October, the renewable energy sector held its second open day event, this time at Pyewipe Farm near Great Coates, North East Lincolnshire.

DEFRA confirm removal of farm subsidies for solar

22nd Oct 2014

Defra announced on 20 October that payments under the CAP for land underneath solar farms will cease in the New Year.

Wind lights up the weekend

21st Oct 2014

A leading renewable energy expert is predicting wind energy will continue to set new records for its share of the UK’s power output.

Promotion for anaerobic digestion expert

28th Aug 2014

An expert in anaerobic digestion has been promoted by chartered surveyors and specialist property consultants Fisher German.

Solar developers challenge the Government on

7th Aug 2014

Renewable energy expert at Fisher German comments on Government plans to halt solar subsidies.

Open evening showcases renewable energy solut

10th Jul 2014

The renewable energy sector held an open evening on 3 July 2014 at Huncote Grange near Enderby, Leicestershire.

Planning success rates for renewables project

1st Jul 2014

Planning approval rates for onshore wind farms have collapsed in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, according to new data from RenewableUK.

Bad news for solar as DECC unveil subsidy cut

14th May 2014

Large scale solar developments over 5MW will no longer be eligible for support under the Renewables Obligation (RO) from 1 April 2015, under proposed plans.

Renewable Heat Incentive scheme confirmed

4th Mar 2014

The launch of the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme has now been confirmed for spring 2014 after regulations were laid in Parliament at the end of February.

Fracking agreements - protect your interests

13th Feb 2014

Landowners have been warned to think of the long term as the rush for fracking sites is set to hot up.

Fisher German to present and exhibit at Energ

16th Jan 2014

Two renewable energy experts will be speaking at a leading show for farmers and landowners across the UK next month.

Government announcement on renewables support

5th Dec 2013

A leading renewables expert believes the Government’s announcements this week will continue to help the UK to meet its EU targets of 20 per cent of all electricity coming from renewables by 2020.

New Feed in Tariff rates in 2014

4th Nov 2013

Under the Feed in Tariff (FIT) scheme up to September this year several renewable technologies have now exceeded their 20% degression thresholds.

Act quickly to take advantage of higher tarif

19th Sep 2013

Landowners have been urged to act quickly by Fisher German’s renewables experts to take advantage of higher tariff payments for wind turbines.

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentives confirmed

12th Jul 2013

The Government has today published the tariffs for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.

Fisher German helps bank secure coveted indus

21st Jun 2013

Fisher German - a leading expert in the renewable energy sector - has helped a major bank secure a coveted industry award.

New challenges for the solar market

11th Jun 2013

The European Commission (EC) announced that solar duties on Chinese manufactured solar products were to be imposed from 6 June 2013 of 11.8%.

RHI Scheme updates prompt early action

6th Jun 2013

The Government has announced several updates to its Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme including a tariff degression on medium biomass and a consultation on increases to other tariffs.

Government Announces RRHI Spring Tariff Revie

2nd Apr 2013

The Government has this week provided an update on its Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) schemes.

Renewable energy offers financial lifeline fo

26th Feb 2013

As the NFU Farm Energy Service celebrates its first anniversary, record levels of interest are being reported in renewable energy as a source of income among farmers struggling to make ends meet.

Renewable energy gets a public vote of confid

7th Feb 2013

As record output from wind energy was reported earlier this week, a major public attitude survey now reveals that 79% of the British public are in support of renewable energy.

Preliminary Accreditation for Renewables FIT

1st Dec 2012

The Government has published rules which could help farmers and landowners that are looking to develop renewable projects to ‘lock in’ to current Feed-in-Tariffs (FITs) even if the project has not been built.

Landowners beware of overage payments for ren

16th Nov 2012

Landowners looking to develop renewables projects on their land must be aware that there could be overage clauses affecting their land.

Farmers and landowners to benefit from RHI ex

8th Nov 2012

Farmers looking to invest in renewable heat projects have received a boost as DECC outline plans to expand the current non-domestic RHI scheme to incorporate technologies previously omitted from the incentive

Wind turbine completed in Lincolnshire

8th Oct 2012

Construction has been completed on North East Lincolnshire’s first 500kW wind turbine which has been erected on a farm close to Grimsby.

Renewables Obligation response is good for wi

31st Jul 2012

Farmers developing onshore wind projects have received welcome news as the government announced a lower than expected reduction in ROCS

DECC announcement brings RHI confidence

24th Jul 2012

Farmers and estate owners looking to invest in renewable heat projects have received a boost as DECC outline measures that will enable the sustainable management of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

Positive FITs, Negative ROCs

20th Jul 2012

The DECC’s latest announcement regarding revised rates for the latest changes to FITs brings certainty to the UK’s small scale renewable energy industry for farmers and landowners investing in renewables projects

12 things to consider for a solar PV projects

4th Jul 2012

Mark Newton, head of Renewable Energy at Fisher German, looks at the main points to consider when investing in a solar project

Fisher German surveyor contributes to RICS pu

13th Jun 2012

RICS has recently released its ‘Valuation of renewable energy installations’ information paper which received contributions from a range of professionals, including Robin Eyles of Fisher German.

Demand returns for land to build solar parks

25th May 2012

Solar park developers are offering significant rents to farmers and landowners who can provide 25+ acres of land for the development of solar photovoltaic (PV) parks.

The challenges of biogas production

16th May 2012

David Kinnersley looks at the challenges associated with Biogas production

Light work made of Spring Hill Solar Scheme

29th Mar 2012

Spring Hill Office Park has added solar PV to their award winning office premises which is immediately returning benefits for the tenants and landlord.

Supreme Court rejects Government FIT appeal

26th Mar 2012

The Supreme Court has rejected the Government’s appeal against previous High Court and Court of Appeal rulings that it unlawfully reduced Solar PV FITs.

NFU helpline hooks farmers up with Fisher Ger

22nd Feb 2012

Fisher German is delighted to be selected as renewable energy advisor for the NFU’s new Farm Energy Service helpline

UK Government loses Feed-in-Tariff appeal

26th Jan 2012

The Court of Appeal has rejected the Government’s appeal against a High Court decision that it unlawfully reduced Solar PV Feed-in-Tariffs (FITs).

RHI launch date confirmed

25th Nov 2011

Farmers and landowners looking to produce heat from renewable sources will now be able to do so more affordably as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) opens for applications from Monday 28th November.

Solar PV still viable for higher rate tax pay

3rd Nov 2011

Following the Government’s decision to halve the rate of Feed in Tariffs (FITs) for photovoltaic panels from 32.9p to 15.2p from 12th December 2011 there has been widespread confusion within the industry.

FIT rates slashed for Solar PV

31st Oct 2011

The large drop in Feed in Tariff (FIT) rates for solar PV could have a devastating effect for those looking to create on farm energy from this technology.

RHI approved by the EC

28th Oct 2011

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has finally been approved by the European Commission (EC), paving the way for its release before the end of November.

Renewables subsidies - is time running out?

21st Oct 2011

Despite a lower than expected reduction of the Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) by the Government on 20th October, there is still cause for concern for renewable investors as the announcement of the revised Feed in Tariff (FIT) is delayed further.

Renewable Heat Incentive - the devil in the d

13th Jul 2011

On 24 June 2011 Ofgem published detailed guidance on accreditation and eligibility for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.

Renewable projects help reduce tax bills

7th Jul 2011

The environment isn’t the only beneficiary when it comes to renewable projects. Many farmers find that, with the right advice, their tax bills can also reap significant benefits.

Fisher German part of NatWest & RBS Valuation

21st Jun 2011

Fisher German have been appointed as consultants to NatWest and RBS to assist with due diligence reports and valuations for farmers and landowners looking to invest in renewable energy projects.

New Initiatives Ignite Woodfuel Opportunities

13th Jun 2011

Two recent initiatives encouraging greater use of renewable heat technology present an opportunity for farmers and rural property owners to reduce both their energy bills and carbon footprint.

Telecom links hinder wind turbine potential

30th Mar 2011

Many landowners looking to invest in wind energy are unaware that microwave links from telecoms masts may be crossing their land and hindering their chances of erecting a turbine.

Disappointing Feed in Tariff changes for PV

25th Mar 2011

The Government consultation on 18 March for Solar PV rates over 50kW is a big disappointment to a large number of landowners who were hoping to invest in large scale PV.

The end of large scale solar PV

21st Mar 2011

Proposals to reduce the financial support available to larger scale solar-produced electricity have been published by the Government

Renewable Heat Incentive plans announced

11th Mar 2011

On 10th March the Government announced details of the long awaited Renewable Heat Incentive. The £860 million government scheme, the first of its kind in the world, will provide long term support for renewable heat technologies.

Farmers switch back from solar to wind

24th Feb 2011

Enquiries for medium sized wind turbines are increasing following the Government’s announcement to review the Feed in Tariff (FIT) system.

Renewable energy opportunities - at the right

14th Jan 2011

With attractive returns on investment of over 10% - and often in excessive of 20% quoted, the pressure is on to install and commission schemes before the review of the Government Feed in Tariffs (FiT’s) in 2012.

The gold rush for solar parks moves North

17th Nov 2010

Since the Feed in Tariffs started in April this year, German companies were the first to realise the potential for solar PV in the UK. Increasing demand for sites has caused prospective developers to look further North for suitable locations.

Renewables Reassured by The Chancellor's Spen

27th Oct 2010

On the 20th of October fears were laid to rest over the potential cuts to renewable funding in an announcement by the Chancellor, George Osborne in the Spending Review.

A FiT Government

21st Oct 2010

After a period of uncertainty for those involved in renewable energy projects taking advantage of ‘Feed-in Tariffs’ (FiTs), the sector received some positive news yesterday in the coalition Government's Comprehensive Spending Review.

Pessimists blown away by record wind power

21st Sep 2010

The National Grid announced a record amount of electricity generated by wind turbines connected to the UK power transmission system on Monday 6 September 2010.

Electricity from crops - what is it worth?

15th Sep 2010

Strongly backed by the new coalition government, AD is set to play an important role in helping reduce carbon emissions and increase sustainability.

Biomass - an alternative to conventional heat

30th Jul 2010

With oil and gas prices continually rising, the heating of large residences and farms is becoming increasingly more expensive with people looking to alternatives to conventional heating.

New feed in tariffs make small scale wind imp

2nd Apr 2010

Mark Newton of Fisher German was quoted this week as saying “every farm will have a wind turbine within the next five years”.

Promoting renewable energy

3rd Mar 2010

Fisher German is at the forefront of a major drive to inform farmers and landowners of their options when considering renewable energy.

Small wind turbine potential too good to miss

16th Feb 2010

Following the introduction of Feed-in Tariffs for small scale single turbines, the rates of return are so attractive that farmers are now looking to have their own single turbines to generate an income, which can be more profitable than larger scale wind

Biomass grants to help business

5th Jan 2010

On 15 December 2009 the Department of Energy and Climate Change announced the availability of approximately £4 million to help towards the cost of buying and installing biomass-fuelled heating and combined heat and power projects in England.

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