Michelmores seminar examines benefits of commercial Solar PV

Michelmores renewables seminar from Michelmores Solicitors LLP

Over 40 delegates attended a renewable energy seminar at Michelmores LLP, which examined the issues surrounding the take up of Solar PV by businesses.

Jointly hosted by the Renewables Team at Michelmores, Francis Clark and SunGift Solar, a leading supplier of commercial solar PV,  the seminar looked at the legal, financial and practical issues involved, including fundraising and taxation, planning and property law, design and installation and an update on Feed-in-Tariffs.

Speakers at the event, subtitled ‘the money-making overhead’, included Michelmores partner Philip Wolfgang, Andrew Killick from chartered accountants Francis Clark and Matthew Lauri of SunGift Solar.

The seminar was also addressed by James Dart of Darts Farm who recounted his experience of installing solar PV on a commercial scale at his family’s retail complex in Topsham.

Delegates also had the opportunity of visiting the Met Office and to inspect the solar PV there (which was installed by SunGift Solar).

Michelmores Partner, Head of Energy & Renewables and Seminar Chairman, Ian Holyoak said: "Our seminar on commercial-scale rooftop solar PV was really well-received and I’d like to thank all attendees.  Our friends at the Met Office even ensured there was a window in the weather for the pre-seminar tour of their own installation, installed by our co-hosts SunGift Solar. 

Copies of the slides of the speakers from Michelmores, Francis Clark, SunGift Solar and Darts Farm are available here.  

“To reinforce the points made at the seminar, Greg Barker (Minister for Climate Change at DECC) kindly followed up with his 'Solar PV Strategy Roadmap' announced in a speech on 8 October 2013, following a trip to the Bentley factory, home of the UK's largest rooftop solar PV installation.  His vision includes 20GW of installed solar capacity by 2020 and a strong steer towards installations on brownfield sites and business / community rooftops.  There's a link to his speech here."

The Solar PV for business seminar took place at Michelmores’ Woodwater House on Thursday 3rd October 2013.

For more information on this topic please contact Ian Holyoak on 01392 688688 or ian.holyoak@michelmores.com