Stephen Cirell, one of the most well known experts on local governmental law, has today published a book which confirms that solar PV is still a good option for local authorities and other public bodies. 

A Guide to Solar PV Projects for Local Authorities and Other Public Bodies is the first detailed guide for public sector bodies on how to undertake a PV project as part of a renewable energy or climate change strategy. 

Cirell’s book examines why local authorities should be investing in renewable energy, how to go about it and the forming of the all-important business and financial case that will underpin it. Taking the reader through every stage of the process, the author debunks the mystique of solar PV projects and clearly explains their value. The book’s approach is positive and encouraging, whilst making it clear that it is up to each authority to decide whether to go for renewable energy.

The guide was written in association with the Renewable Energy Association. Commenting on the launch of the book, Chief Executive Gaynor Hartnell, said: “Solar PV has suffered from poor publicity since the reduction of the Feed in Tariffs and the implementation of a new system of tariff degression by the Government.  This is unfortunate, given its spectacular cost reduction.  PV is now on track to become one of the cheapest forms of renewable electricity generation.  We are therefore delighted that Stephen Cirell has produced such a clear guide to inform all members and officers of local authorities about the real position.”

Stephen Cirell added: “The normal corporate agenda of the local authority and the green agenda are almost perfectly aligned at the present time. This means that if a Council wants growth, jobs and income, the green agenda is the best bet for delivering them. Government subsidies may have been criticised, but they are available and so the public sector should have their share.”

Stephen will be selling his book for half the retail price at Solar Media’s booth (A40) from 4pm this afternoon as well as tomorrow.