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New investment opportunities for developers of renewable projects

October 30th, 2012 | 11:27 am

Businesses with renewable projects in the pipeline can get expert assistance to help turn their vision into a commercial success at an upcoming event in Leeds.

Success in Renewables is hosted by the low-carbon expert company CO2Sense, which has invested over £11m in renewable projects in the north. The event is principally sponsored by Addleshaw Goddard and is taking place on 29th November at the Queens Hotel in Leeds. By attending the event, developers of renewable projects can learn about the different channels of renewable energy investment and gain an understanding of which option will help them achieve their business objectives.

Present at the event will be representatives from the Leeds City Region Green Economy Panel, who are looking for renewable projects they can take to bid for funding from the Government’s Green Investment Bank. Developers will also have the opportunity to meet with investors, including Foresight Group and CO2Sense.  

This is the only event in the north to explore renewable energy investment options in such detail. Key note speaker is Alasdair Grainger, head of feed-in-tariff at Department of Energy and Climate Change, who will discuss the policy landscape and future of government incentives. Delegates will also hear from financial and legal experts and from businesses about how they financed their current projects. It will also feature a ‘Question Time’ style panel-discussion.

The event will also focus on the technical aspects of wind, biomass and anaerobic digestion during an in-depth round-table session.

Jemma Benson, principal consultant at CO2Sense, says

“The benefits of developing renewable projects are crystal clear. Investing in renewable energy is an extremely effective way to reduce a business’s energy bills and generate a healthy return on investment. However, turning a renewable energy plan into reality is far more complex. Securing planning permission is only the first step and many businesses find that the hardest part is financing and installing the project.

“Through this event we aim to unlock the barriers by providing access to industry experts with extensive experience of turning renewables into a success”.

Richard Goodfellow, partner at Addleshaw Goddard, says:

“"This region has huge renewables potential, but a key blocker remains presenting projects in a form that investors want to invest in. There are also a lot of sources of finance in the market and a key part of what the day will do is explain how to access that finance"

The event is taking place from 09:00 – 16:00 on 29th November at The Queens Hotel, City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PJ. Tickets are priced at £60+VAT and includes lunch and refreshments. To book please visit

A limited number of free places are available for community groups, charities and farmers, to find out more please contact Emily Reid on 0845 872 0102 or email


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