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Testimonials & Awards


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What our clients and partners say about us:

“Having worked on several renewable energy projects with Vijay Bhopal, Jelte Harnmeijer and the team at Scene Consulting, I found that they were instrumental in achieving a successful outcome and were a pleasure to deal with. Their range of expertise is ideal for community renewable energy. Highly recommended.”   -  Dominic Dunnett, MBM Commercial LLP

"A huge amount of work is required in a renewable energy project, Scene were there to offer technical knowledge and expertise which we would otherwise not have had in our group."   -  Matt Roy, Greener Leith

Vijay and the team at Scene Consulting have been fantastic in their support of our project. Professional, knowledgeable and attention to detail. Exactly what we required to get the job done.’  -  Stuart McKay, Hartwood Village Community Group

Undertaking such a large scale project on behalf of our community was very daunting but at every stage both Scene and MBM Legal were available to ease any concerns.  Working together they made the whole process much easier than we could have hoped.  Always approachable, they took the initiative and delivered the project on time and on budget.  We look forward to working with them again on future projects.’    -  Lesmahagow Development Trust

'Scene's expertise helped us to organise this complicated joint venture project for the benefit of the community group and the project overall'' - Andrew Stewart, Stewart Energy Ltd.

 

Recognition for Scene:

Finalist - Shell Springboard (Cloud Solar) - Shell Springboard 2017

Finalist - Rising Star Award (Sandy Robinson) - Scottish Green Energy Awards 2015

Highly Commended - Social Impact Technology of the Year (Urjaa Samadhan) - Business Green Technology Awards 2015

Finalist - R&D Programme of the Year (Urjaa Samadhan) - Business Green Technology Awards 2015

Winner - Entrepreneur Award  (Vijay Bhopal) Young Professionals Green Energy Awards 2015

Winner - Most Innovative Service - Low Carbon Innovation Awards 2015

Finalist - Fast Track Business of the Year - Business Green Leaders Awards 2015

Finalist - Fast Track Business of the Year - Business Green Leaders Awards 2014

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A Resilience Perspective of Renewable Energy Developments in South Africa - File

A Resilience Perspective of Renewable Energy Developments in South Africa - Image

Community Energy in Scotland: An Analysis of the Sector and the Government's 2020 Target - File

Community Energy in Scotland: An Analysis of the Sector and the Government's 2020 Target - Image

Solar PV Community Projects in Spain: Problems and Solutions. Lessons Learnt from Scotland - File

Solar PV Community Projects in Spain: Problems and Solutions. Lessons Learnt from Scotland - Image

Designing a Successful Solar Home System Programme in Honduras Finnanced by the Green Climate Fund - File

Designing a Successful Solar Home System Programme in Honduras Finnanced by the Green Climate Fund - Image

The Potential Role of CSP in South Africa - Case Study: The Bokpoort CSP Project, South Africa - Image

The Potential Role of CSP in South Africa - Case Study: The Bokpoort CSP Project, South Africa - File

Scaling up of off-grid Solar Micro grids: Moving towards a 'utility in a box model' for rapid development -Image

Scaling up of off-grid Solar Micro grids: Moving towards a 'utility in a box model' for rapid development -File

Prospects for community wind projects on the Tehauntepec Isthmus, Oaxaca, Mexico - Image

Prospects for community wind projects on the Tehauntepec Isthmus, Oaxaca, Mexico - File

Towards a methodology for the assessment of the social impacts of community-owned renewable energy projects: A wind of change for Shapinsay - Image

Towards a methodology for the assessment of the social impacts of community-owned renewable energy projects: A wind of change for Shapinsay - File

Early stage project risk for community renewable energy development in the UK – an econometric approach - File

Early stage project risk for community renewable energy development in the UK – an econometric approach - Picture

From command and control to local democracy - File

From command and control to local democracy - Picture

Do community energy projects induce energy conservation behaviour among participants? - File

Do community energy projects induce energy conservation behaviour among participants? - Picture

A critique of the Development Trust model in the context of engagement in community owned renewable energy developments in rural Scotland - File

A critique of the Development Trust model in the context of engagement in community owned renewable energy developments in rural Scotland - Picture

Institutional space for community renewable energy provision - File

Institutional space for community renewable energy provision - Picture

Developing a Framework for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Community Engagement in Onshore Wind Projects - File

Developing a Framework for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Community Engagement in Onshore Wind Projects - Picture

Master's Dissertation Final Report - Kevin Serru - File

Master's Dissertation Final Report - Kevin Serru - Picture

David Smith Dissertation_FV_PRINTED - File

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Astrid's Dissertation - File

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Cost and financing aspects of community renewable energy projects - Volume II: UK Study - File

Cost and financing aspects of community renewable energy projects - Volume II: UK Study - Image

Cost and financing aspects of community renewable energy projects - Volume I: Main Report - File

Cost and financing aspects of community renewable energy projects - Volume I: Main Report - Image

Analysis of the participation processon community benefits: The case study of Galson estate, Isle of Lewis - File

Analysis of the participation processon community benefits: The case study of Galson estate, Isle of Lewis - Image

A Critical Comparison of Cash- and Asset-Based Microcredit in Alleviating Poverty - File

A Critical Comparison of Cash- and Asset-Based Microcredit in Alleviating Poverty - Image

Community Energy in the UK, 2016 - The Beginning of the End - Image

Community Energy in the UK, 2016 - The Beginning of the End - File

Feed in Tariff Consultation Response - File

Feed in Tariff Consultation Response - Image

The Comparative Costs of Community and Commercial Renewable Energy Projects in Scotland - Executive Summary - File

The Comparative Costs of Community and Commercial Renewable Energy Projects in Scotland - Executive Summary - Image

The Comparative Costs of Community and Commercial Renewable Energy Projects in Scotland - File

The Comparative Costs of Community and Commercial Renewable Energy Projects in Scotland - Image

The Case for Community Ownership of Renewable Energy - File

The Case for Community Ownership of Renewable Energy - Image

Supporting Community Investment in Commercial Renewable Energy Schemes - File

Support Community Investment in Commercial Renewable Energy Schemes - Image

Urjaa Samadhan - towards self-sustaining solar economies in Orissa, India - File

Towards Resilience: Enabling Community Renewables in Orissa, India - Image

Response to The Scottish Government's Community Energy Policy Statement-File

Response to The Scottish Government's Community Energy Policy Statement - Image

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Community Energy in Scotland-the Social Factors for Success-image

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The Community Renewables Economy (September 2013) - Image

Community Ownership in Scotland- A Baseline Study- Image

Community Ownership in Scotland - A Baseline Study- File

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Fermanagh-Trust-Wind-Summary-Report

The Role of Community Energy Schemes in Supporting Community Resilience - Image

The Role of Community Energy Schemes in Supporting Community Resilience - File

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rya_ResPublica Re-energising Our Communities FINAL - File

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wind-farms-communities-summary - File

A Framework for Community Action on CC - File

A Framework for Community Action on CC - Image

SCENE_Connect_Report_Scotland - File

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SCENE_response_decc_cfe_community_energy - File50

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SCENE _response_SPP_NPF3_call - File

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WWEC2012_Summary - File

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Fermanagh-Trust-Wind-Summary-Report

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Community+and+locally+owned+renewable+energy+report+2013 (1) - File

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PUBLIC_SCENEConnect_SummaryReport - File

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Regions No. 287, 2012 Issue 3 - File

Regions No. 287, 2012 Issue 3 - Image

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CommunityPower scotland - File

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Response to DECC Consultation on Community Right to Buy into Renewable Electricity Generation Developments - File

Response to DECC Consultation on Community Right to Buy into Renewable Electricity Generation Developments - Image

What is the Aim within the Scottish ‘community and locally owned energy’ Target?

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Terms of Business


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Terms of Business


Scene Connect Ltd’s Terms of Business below explain the terms and conditions which apply when you instruct us to act on your behalf (your “business”). They are subject to any accompanying “Letter of Engagement” which may follow a fee proposal or invitation to tender (which may be a letter or an email from us further detailing our engagement with you). If there is any conflict between the terms of these Terms of Business and any accompanying Letter of Engagement, then the terms of the Letter of Engagement shall prevail. Prior to changing any aspect of our Terms of Business we will post the proposed new Terms of Business on our website at least 14 days prior to any such change taking effect.

1. WHO ARE WE?
Scene Connect ("Scene", “The Consultant”, “we” or “us”) is a private limited company which adheres to social enterprise practises, and is registered in Scotland, number SC407230 with its registered office at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, High School Yard, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LZ. We are a multi-disciplinary renewable energy consultancy.

2. WHAT WE DO AND DON’T DO
We will give your business proper professional skill, care and attention and we will not act for you if it is not in your best interests. We do not offer financial or tax advice, though we do offer financial modelling services.

3. OUR DUTY OF CONFIDENTIALITY
Your business will not be disclosed to any other party without your permission, except in a situation when we are legally compelled to do so.

4. DELIVERY OF OUR SERVICES
We believe that effective communication with our clients is fundamental to providing a high quality service. We will correspond with you in person, by telephone, letter and/or by email as appropriate. If you have any preference then please let us know.

5. INSTRUCTIONS
You can help us by giving clear instructions and asking questions about anything you do not understand. We would also ask that you deal promptly with any queries or requests for information and let us know if there are any important time limits which we should be aware of. If we are acting for more than one person (e.g. partners or trustees) we may take instructions from one person on behalf of the other(s) and all will be fully liable for any actions taken or fees incurred on a joint and several basis. You should also advise us if we are able to take instructions or authorisation from anyone other than yourself.

6. OUR COPYRIGHT POLICY
Unless we expressly agree otherwise, or it is your business’s funder/s requirement, the copyright in the original materials which we generate for you belongs to us, and we assert our moral rights. However, the fee you pay for our work permits you to make use of that material for the purposes for which it is created.

7. OUR FEES
Unless otherwise agreed with you, prior to beginning any specific items of work for you from time to time we shall endeavour to provide your business with an estimate or fixed fee quote (normally in our “Letter of Engagement”, which may be a letter or an email from us). Please note that this may be difficult to do at times if the scope of the work is not clear or if the request for the work is urgent. In the absence of any Letter of Engagement or other correspondence from us in writing or by email which details an agreed feeing arrangement, our fees in connection with any work instructed by your business from time to time will be charged on the hourly rates of the relevant member/s of staff. Copies of the hourly rates applicable are available in writing from us.

Where we agree a fixed fee (as detailed in our Letter of Engagement), this will be based on two assumptions: (1) the structure or complexity of your business will not be changed to any material extent by any revision or renegotiation; and (2) no material work will be required beyond what was anticipated at the time the fixed fee was issued. We reserve the right to revisit any fixed fee quotes in the event that any of these assumptions turns out not to be the case. If this happens we will provide another fixed fee quote. You will be deemed to have accepted the new fee unless you let us know to the contrary within 5 working days of having received notice of this from us. If you inform us within 5 working days that the additional fee is unacceptable to you, we shall then be entitled to invoice you immediately for all work carried out up to that date at our standard charge out rates, notwithstanding that your business has not been completed.
Where we give you an estimate or quotation, it is an estimate or quotation only, not a fixed fee. The fee we will charge you will be subject to a final agreement and a signed Letter of Engagement.

8. OUR OUTLAYS
In addition to professional fees, subject to our agreement, we may ask you to pay for any outlays, significant photocopying charges, courier charges and other out of pocket expenses incurred on your behalf and also travelling time (including in relation to all work undertaken by us in relation to any mandate to transfer the correspondence files, papers and documents to a third party). We will either ask for a sum on account before any such charges or expenses are incurred, or will invoice you immediately afterwards

9. OUR INVOICES
Our invoices are payable within 30 days receipt. In the event of non-payment within 30 days we shall be entitled (at our absolute discretion) to charge you interest on the outstanding amount at the rate of 8% above the Royal Bank of Scotland base rate applying at the time, calculated on a daily basis and compounded monthly. We shall be under no obligation to carry out any further work for you until outstanding invoices (and applicable late payment fees or interest) have been paid in full. We shall also be entitled to set off any fees (and applicable late payment fees or interest), expenses and outlays due to us against any credit balance or deposits held on your behalf before sending you the balance. Unless otherwise agreed with you in any Letter of Engagement, (a) we will charge for our work on (i) completion of the relevant matter, (ii) a monthly basis as the work progresses on an interim basis, or (iii) when the relevant work in progress reaches £1,000, whichever is the sooner; and (b) all invoices shall be made out to your business. Any payment you make to us on account of costs or any sum received by us on your behalf which is not received for a specific purpose, may be set off against any invoice (interim or final) issued to you by us.

10. UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES
If we are unable to perform our obligations to you as a result of circumstances beyond our control (which includes without limitation delays as a result of acts of God, acts of terrorism, civil disturbances, staff absences, unavailability of email, I.T. and/or other telecommunication systems and governmental regulations and directions) we shall give you prompt notice of such circumstances or delay. Such delay shall not constitute a breach of our Agreement with you, but if such delay continues for a period in excess of 30 days, you shall be entitled to terminate your relationship with us.

11. OUR INSURANCE AGAINST CLAIMS & LIABILITY LIMITATION
Unless another limit is expressly agreed in writing by us, our maximum aggregate liability for any claim or series of related claims directly arising out of, or in connection with services and advice supplied by us to you (whether as a result of breach of contract, negligence or otherwise) shall be such sum which equals ten times the amount of the fees that you pay us in connection with the relevant claim(s) up to a maximum sum of £1,000,000. Although we may be liable for direct claims, we shall not be liable for any indirect or consequential claims, losses or damages in connection with services and advice supplied by us, including without limitation for loss of business, profits, revenue, goodwill, reputation, interest or anticipated savings. Nothing in these Terms of Business shall exclude or limit our liability for death or personal injury, which cannot be excluded or limited by law.
In the unlikely event of any claims against us, we have professional indemnity insurance cover in place for any claims up to limits referred to above.
Please note that unless otherwise expressly agreed in writing with you, all services and advice supplied by us is the responsibility of Scene Consulting Ltd. only and no liability shall attach to any individual whether director, manager, consultant, associate or employee of Scene Consulting Ltd. who may have supplied or been involved in supplying any services or advice.

12. DISSATISFACTION
If you feel you have cause for dissatisfaction about any aspect of our service, you should first take this up with the Manager who is responsible for supervising the matter concerned. Where possible, we would ask that you put your comments in writing. It is always our intention to deal with a complaint promptly and fairly.

13. TERMINATION
If you wish to terminate your business relationship with us, you are entitled to do so by providing written notice to us. Where we have agreed a fixed term engagement with you a notice period may require to be given. You will remain responsible for our fees and outlays until termination, in accordance with these Terms of Business and any Letter of Engagement

14. SEVERABILTY OF THESE TERMS OF BUSINESS
If any of the terms or other provisions of these Terms of Business and/or any Letter of Engagement are found by an arbiter, court or other competent authority to be void or unenforceable, such provision shall be deemed to be deleted from these Terms of Business and/or any Letter of Engagement (as applicable) but the remaining provisions of these Terms of Business and/or any Letter of Engagement (as applicable) shall continue in full force and effect insofar as they are not affected by any such deletion.

15. NO WAIVERS OF OUR RIGHTS
No failure by us to exercise any right or remedy available to us pursuant to these Terms of Business nor any delay to exercise any such right or remedy shall operate as a waiver thereof nor shall any single or partial exercise of any such right or remedy preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right or remedy.

16. ACCEPTANCE OF THESE TERMS OF BUSINESS
These Terms of Business (subject to the terms of any Letter of Engagement by us) shall govern our Consultant/client relationship with you unless we agree otherwise with you in writing or by email. We shall endeavour to provide you with a Letter of Engagement prior to beginning specific items of work however this may not always be possible. In the absence of (i) any Letter of Engagement or (ii) an acceptance from you in writing or by email of any Letter of Engagement and/or these Terms of Business, it shall be assumed that by providing us with your instructions you accept the terms of these Terms of Business in full and we shall proceed only on this basis.

17. GOVERNING LAW & JURISDICTION
Unless we agree to the contrary in writing or by email, these Terms of Business, any Letter of Engagement and our Consultant/client relationship with you shall be governed by and construed in accordance with Scottish law and the courts of Scotland shall have non-exclusive jurisdiction to settle any questions or disputes which may arise out of or in connection with the same.

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Local Energy Systems


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Local Energy Systems


Local energy systems are becoming increasing viable and important parts of our wider energy systems. Local energy systems aim to match energy supply and demand within a defined area,to the benefit of a range of stakeholders. Systems incorporate innovative energy distribution, management and metering, novel business models and can include clean transport systems as well.

Our services in Local Energy Systems include:

  • Renewable energy appraisals and system design;
  • Energy system modelling;
  • Business model development;
  • Energy management system design (ICT systems).
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Shared Ownership


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Shared Ownership


We specialise in shared ownership, and can help communities to gain a stake in larger developments, whilst also working with developers to achieve successful shared ownership outcomes. We have helped communities to gain valuable stakes worth millions of pounds. 

If you are looking at a Shared Ownership opportunity, get in touch!

Specifically our services include:

  • Project Management;
  • Legal Team Management;
  • Community Business Plans;
  • Financial Modelling.

Our shared ownership services for communities

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Our shared ownership services for developers

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Renewable Energy Development


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Renewable Energy Development


We have an excellent track record, and offer a range of renewable energy development services across the following technologies:

  • Wind, hydro, geothermal, solar, biomass

Our in house team offers the following services, as demonstrated in our Case Studies:

  • Project Management;
  • Feasibility Studies;
  • Options Appraisals;
  • Scheme Design;
  • Planning and CAR applications;
  • Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments;
  • Financial Modelling, Fundraising and Risk Assessments.
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Community Land and Assets


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Community Land and Assets


Communities in Scotland now have unprecedented opportunities to investigate, implement and operate a wide range of ideas. We encourage communities to work with existing owners of land and assets so that collaborative, amicable working is promoted. This promotes successful shared outcomes and reduced costs and timescales. Our team of legal, planning, environmental, energy and financial consultants provide the following range of community land and asset related services:

  • Right to Buy and Crofting Right to Buy;
  • Community Empowerment and Land Reform;
  • Project Management;
  • Feasibility Studies;
  • Legal management and instruction of solicitors;
  • Business planning for Community use and operation of assets;
  • Financial modelling;
  • Raising finance for your land and asset proposals.

The confidential and commercially sensitive nature of land and asset purchases mean we are unable to provide case studies of this service.