RDC was established by Simon Taylor in 2008 to provide consultancy advice to community renewable energy projects seeking support from the Big Lottery’s Community Sustainable Energy Programme (CSEP).
RDC now offers the same service to individual households, businesses and public authorities and has completed over 35 contracts to date, primarily on the feasibility, design and licensing of small hydro projects, ranging from 3 to 500 kW.
Simon is a mechanical engineer with 20 years experience in the renewable energy sector. He started work in development of a 600 kW wind turbine for the UK market then did 3 years as a VSO volunteer in the Philippines, establishing micro-hydro and solar projects in upland villages of the Cordillera. He went on to work for a further 4 years for a Philippine NGO, taking the lead for energy campaigns and further hydro development work.
Since returning to the UK in 2000 he has worked on numerous projects, including development of tidal devices for renewable energy consultancy IT Power, installation of biomass boilers for Dorset County Council schools, as well as consultancy roles for hydro, solar and wind power projects.
He has continued his involvement in developing countries, on small-scale hydro schemes and rural electrification programmes in China and SE Asia, Latin America and southern Africa.
Based in the centre of the historic city of Bath, RDC can provide renewable energy consultancy services across the South-West, Wales, the Midlands and the East of England.