Developing Buildings Based Solar PV by a Local Authority on Its Own Buildings and Assets

Your Trainer
Stephen Cirell
Stephen has worked in the Public Sector for over 38 years, both via in house service and from the private sector.

Formerly an in-house lawyer in local government, and then a long time Partner with Eversheds, Stephen is one of the most well known experts on local government law and is nationally known for his writing on many different areas, being the author of over 17 books on Local Government Law, spanning over three decades.

Stephen created a new business in Autumn 2010 following a highly successful year in Cornwall Council as the Corporate Director on climate change. He now specialises in the creation of a low carbon economy, through emissions reduction schemes and renewable or clean energy projects. As someone well known for thought leadership, his main aim is to raise the ambition of local authorities, to increase their confidence and to inspire them.
Stephen is currently working with over two dozen local authorities up and down the country on schemes involving climate emergencies, solar PV and electric cars and on the establishment of Energy Services Companies.

He is the author of the two books on solar PV schemes (A Guide to Solar PV Schemes in Local Government) and biomass schemes (A Guide to Biomass Heating Schemes in Local Government) and the only detailed guide for local authorities on Climate Emergency Declarations entitled ‘Local Authority Climate Emergency Declarations: Strategic and Practical Considerations for Climate Emergency Declarations, Targets and Action Plans’, published by APSE in 2019.
The Course – 16th June 2021 (09:00 – 13:30 GMT)
  • As the amount of renewable energy increases, so local authorities are looking to develop their own facilities
  • Local authorities have two principal advantages: they own lots of buildings and other assets and can access cheap capital
  • Accordingly, local authority projects are increasing rapidly
  • However, many local authority officers have no experience of this area and need to understand what is involved so that they can report to Members
  • This event is a must for any authority considering such a project. It is suitable for both officers and Members. It is suitable for officers from any background (legal, finance, procurement, estates, planning, energy, sustainability) and no prior knowledge is required
  • This event can also be run in house for your Council
The Programme
  • Why solar?
  • The link to wider climate change issues
  • Benefits of projects both financial and non financial
  • How solar fits within sustainability and climate emergency programmes
  • Overview of the operation of solar power in the context of buildings
  • The Climate Change Act 2008
  • The Clean Energy and Industrial Strategies
  • The current White Paper
  • Financial constraints
  • Recovering from Covid -19
  • Building back better
  • Climate emergency declarations
  • Every stage explained, including concept, buildings appraisal, feasibility, business case, procurement and commissioning
  • Timeframes for the project
  • Key milestones
  • The inclusion of battery storage for increased profitability
  • The need for a decent IRR
  • Figures included in modelling
  • Income streams from electricity trading
  • Overall profitability levels available
  • Funding solar PV projects eg PWLB, bonds or reserves
  • Examples of local authority buildings based projects, whether Council offices, depots, warehouses and workshops
  • Installation of solar PV on commercially occupied buildings owned by the Council and selling the tenant the power
  • Ensuring the Council can claim the energy offset value for buildings it does not occupy
  • Tips and pitfalls
  • Key areas to address

How a local authority should go about developing a robust strategy and programme of projects

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