Carver Knowles were delighted to be asked to contribute to the NFU’s Farmer and Grower magazine this month in their feature about Energy and Storage. This came hot on the heals of recently being asked to comment in the Farmers Weekly on the difficulties being experienced by those in the new Countryside Stewardship.

In the Farmer and Grower feature, Mike Cluley commented on the future of both large and small scale solar schemes and about how best to deal with renewables and energy developers. Mike noted that there is still a place for small scale solar but it is dependent on the ability to use of electricity on site rather than the ability to generate income through export. Mike also stressed that with larger schemes such as battery storage, the landowner needs to maintain control of his grid connection in order to keep the maximum negotiating power, flexibility and ultimately achieve the best rents when negotiating of option and lease terms with a developer.The full article is available here to NFU Members in the February 2017 magazine.

The Farmers Weekly article focused on Carver Knowles’ experiences with the delayed annual payments to agreement holders that we had assisted under the Countryside Stewardship.

We are delighted that our expertise, knowledge and experience has been nationally recognised by the Farmer and Grower and Farmers Weekly. Should you wish to have further information on the above subjects or any other rural matter then please do not hesitate to contact us.