Michael Hay

Technical and Regulatory

Michael Hay is a specialist energy project consultant at Prospect Law with a solid background covering the technical, regulatory and financial aspects of renewable energy projects around the UK. Michael has worked in the renewables sector since 2009 with organisations including OFGEM, a regional solar PV specialist (where he was the head of the commercial projects department), and at a national renewables firm where he was the technical manager (all technologies) for the UK. Michael has strong experience at all stages of the project life-cycle for renewable energy schemes. He is a specialist in the contracts (including PPAs, ESAs, development agreements, BEGAs etc) and the regulatory systems underpinning the energy market in the UK (including Contracts for Difference, the Renewables Obligation, the Feed-in Tariff, the Capacity Market and the Renewable Heat Incentive). He has a thorough understanding of the UK electricity market and the various regulations and subsidy regimes that underpin it. He has been responsible for client facing operations, for back-office technical functions (including overseeing the technical design of utility-scale solar installations), for project oversight of £1m+ projects, and for technical and project due diligence of energy projects for international banks and independent capital funds. Michael provides detailed advice on the feasibility of potential projects covering solar PV, solar Thermal, wind turbines of all sizes, hydro, biomass and anaerobic digestion.