Employers are having to walk a fine line between protecting their interests whilst also ensuring that they are not breaching their employees’ rights.
We help a range of charities navigate the often tricky issues involved in saving, buying and producing energy; whether you are a church wanting to lease your airspace to a solar energy provider, a community starting your own energy co-operative or a multinational charity requiring energy performance contracting (EPC) arrangements to save energy, we can help you
We are experts in energy and sustainable technology law for charities and present issues clearly so that board members and trustees are able to engage with the issues rapidly and confidently. We also take a wider view, to ensure that all the implications of energy-related activity are covered, such as the regulatory aspects of trading in a charity and the liability of trustees in unincorporated charities.
We have advised central government, through the energy saving trust, on the different funding models for retrofit so have a unique insight into the operation of the various models. Installing external or internal wall insulation, voltage optimisers, battery units etc. and funding these improvements through the savings from utility bills on a guaranteed basis can be a complex but ultimately rewarding way of investing in your premises.
We also have considerable expertise in understanding the different funding regimes for retrofit works and their impact on subsidies. We have advised on multi-million-pound schemes subsidised through CESP (Community Energy Savings Programme) in the early 2000s, then ECO 1 and 2, renewable heat incentive payments and also funding through ERDF priority axis 4 – promoting the shift to a low carbon economy. Understanding the funding regimes and compliance is key to a successful project.
Whilst energy might seem inconsequential to small or large charities, the obligation to use charitable assets prudently applies across the sector and energy savings bring not only reduced operating costs but could also be an opportunity for you to find funding streams to invest in your assets, enhancing the effectiveness with which you achieve your charity’s objectives.
If you need legal support navigating the tricky world of saving, producing or buying energy contact us, as we are ideally placed to help you.
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