Scotland still has great potential for developing and maintaining revenue-generating renewables projects, according to legal experts Turcan Connell.

Speaking at a seminar organised by Scottish Renewables at today’s Agriscot event at Ingliston, Associate and Head of Construction & Projects Andrew Fairlie applauded increased levels of competition in the market, and innovative solutions being employed by many consultants and contractors in order to give the farming sector the incentive to invest in the sector.

Andrew said: “Despite changes to UK Government support having a severe impact on levels of subsidy available across a range of technologies, Scotland’s natural landscape and engineering heritage lends itself to successful deployment of renewables schemes.

“While the mood music coming from central Government may be poor, businesses are now working harder than ever to deliver value-for-money to first-time developers and to farmers who have already diversified into renewables and are looking to expand further.”

Since the election in May, one crucial scheme of renewables revenue support has already been closed, and existing Feed-in Tariff levels have been cut and access to the scheme through pre-accreditation is to be restricted.

Delegates heard of a variety of contract structures and negotiating tips adopted by Turcan Connell on schemes across a range of technologies which have increased profitability and saved time and money in the critical construction and development phases for developer clients.

Andrew concluded: “Given the expertise in the industry and the sense of community in the farming and renewables sectors, Scotland will continue to provide the environmental and economic support for a successful renewables industry in onshore wind, biomass, AD, solar and hydro for years to come.”