Mendip District Council selects Carter Jonas for energy investment opportunities
Date of Article
Dec 15 2020
Sector
Farms, Land & Estates

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Energy specialist Greg Hilton is based out of Carter Jonas’ Cambridge office, One Station Square. He has more than 15 years’ experience in developing, delivering and managing renewable and conventional energy infrastructure, having worked in consultancy, investment and energy supply. Greg works with landowners, developers, investors, and businesses to develop and provide strategic advice on a range of energy technologies, including solar PV, flexible gas generation, electric vehicle charging, biomass and biogas.

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Mendip District Council (the Authority) has selected Carter Jonas on a new mandate pursuing energy investment opportunities to drive commercial return and help support the delivery of its climate emergency objectives across the Council and District.

In September 2020, the Authority launched a procurement process seeking an experienced consultant to advise on energy projects that protect the Authority's medium-to-long-term financial position and enable it to meet its strategy as set out in its Corporate Plan. The Corporate Plan 2020-2023, adopted in February 2020, aims to build a fairer, greener, and more vibrant Mendip that values its distinctive towns and rural communities.

Following a competitive tender, Carter Jonas's Energy team is appointed on an initial contract of two years. Its experts, comprising of surveyors, valuers, environmental specialists, project managers and planners, will identify energy investment opportunities across a range of technologies, geographic locations, use classes and sizes.

Cllr Barry O'Leary, Deputy Leader of Mendip District Council and Portfolio Holder for Enterprise and Finance said: "This is an exciting opportunity for Mendip, offering the Council the chance to deliver on its climate and ecological commitments. This investment allows us to improve our position in investing in a fairer and more balanced manner. Ultimately allowing Mendip to move away from bricks and mortar and into all the things that are useful in life, thus making Mendip a far more equal district."

Greg Hilton, Partner and Energy Specialist, Carter Jonas, said: "This important project will complement the significant steps Mendip District Council has already taken to deliver on its Corporate Plan. Increasingly, green energy investments are proving a valuable tool in helping authorities improve their financial resilience whilst meeting sustainability objectives. Building on our experience in supporting local authorities delivering energy sector innovation programmes, we are well placed to identify low-carbon projects including solar, wind and anaerobic digestion technologies. We look forward to working with Mendip District Council on its forward-thinking approach to investment and renewable energy."