By Derek Skinner, Renewable Energy Director
Two days within the Renewable Energy Team at Bruce Stevenson are very rarely the same. Whilst we are insurance brokers at heart, our team is very much within the Renewables sector as well. In fact, we estimate that only 20% of our time is spent actually placing insurance. The remainder of the time we are engaged in the Renewables sector and learning the marketplace. From seminars to site visits, and even a perfume making class, here is a typical month in the life of our renewable energy department.
To understand the renewables sector, you have to be part of it. That’s why we try to attend as many events as possible. It’s great to find out where the market is going and understand new developments, but it’s also a good chance to catch up with clients. Bruce Stevenson are members and advisors to Scottish Renewables, an organisation who leads and promotes the growth of renewable energy in Scotland.
One of the best parts of our job is getting out and meeting clients. Whilst email and phone is a great way of keeping in touch, nothing beats face to face and getting out on site, and because most of our projects are in rural locations, we get to see some of the most beautiful sights in Scotland. Our in-house Technical Consultant, Gary Bratt, carries out most of our site visits. He is an Engineer to trade, with a post-grad in Renewable Energy. As we said before, the better we understand the technology, the better the insurance we place, and Gary helps us with a lot of this.
Gary and our Director, Derek Skinner, carried out a site visit to one of our client’s anaerobic digestion plants. This project is 6MW in size – so pretty big! Anaerobic digestion works by converting food waste to energy by breaking it down until gas is produced. This site was interesting because there are a number of smaller sites connected to it which makes placing the insurance that little bit more complex.
Despite our busy schedules, we still make time for team building with the insurers, solicitors and banks we work with. We recently attended a perfume making class where everyone got the opportunity to make their own scent and take a sample home with them. This was followed by dinner and a few drinks. Days out like this are a good chance to catch up with other in the renewables sector to find out what’s happening and is a good opportunity to strengthen our working relationships which ultimately means we work better for our clients.
If you have any queries regarding Renewable Energy insurance please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 0131 553 2293.