ADBA's finance arm

Are you looking to secure finance for your AD project?

If so then ADBA’s finance arm Compass The Compass Renewables logoRenewables offer financial solutions for every area of your planned AD plant. If you think Compass Renewables’ services could benefit you then why not contact them today for a free consultation.

Why AD is a good investment?

The anaerobic digestion industry is estimated to be worth over £5 billion over the next ten years, with rapid expansion caused by the need to meet government waste targets and because anaerobic digestion is seen as a central plank of energy policy to combat both climate change and energy security.

What services do Compass Renewables offer?

They can:

  • Provide an initial free, no obligation consultation
  • Evaluate your AD project and give you an early view of possibilities
  • Review your AD business plan and financials
  • Edit your plan for individual lenders needs
  • Support and communicate with you throughout the process
  • Review any formal funding offers
  • Help you to evaluate the mix of funding required
  • Match the most suitable lender to your particular AD project

Why use Compass Renewables?

Key benefits – they:

  • Can guide you towards successful funding
  • Understand the renewables industry and AD in particular
  • Can give you an insight into the funding sector’s requirements
  • Understand the debt, equity and asset finance sectors
  • Are a great conduit to the right people
  • Can steer you towards specialist accountants, lawyers, or technical experts in the field of AD
  • Can liaise with suppliers where required

Compass enjoy close relationships with all major international banks, equity investors and asset finance institutions therefore they are able to help steer projects towards the most suitable finance package. Most importantly, they’ve successfully arranged the funding of many renewable AD projects in the UK.

Compass also really engage with their clients throughout the whole funding process. From reviewing your project plans through to your funding application to getting involved with your lawyers, accountants and technical advisers to discussing indicative and formal offers, legal documents or the make-up of the funding prior to draw-down Compass supports you in every stage of your funding process.

So whether your project is farm based and energy crop, or a merchant plant with food / industrial waste, then contact Compass for that initial discussion. If you have a good AD project and the skills or team to operate and manage the plant, we have the ability to find the investment required.

What do their clients say about them?

I found dealing with Bruce Nelson and Compass very straightforward, with as little disruption to GWE as I could possibly have hoped for.  They delivered the funding we required for our CHP’s on time, and liaised with the vendor’s queries efficiently. Compass know what they are talking about and were very professional in every aspect, which, after some experiences with the renewables funding sector, was certainly refreshing.

 Tom Megginson, Managing Director, GWE Biogas


I have known and worked with Bruce Nelson and others at Compass for many years within the farming and associated markets. They are ethical, reliable, confidential and always proactive in finding solutions, which is particularly valuable in the economic climate we find ourselves today. That is why Farming Online has chosen Compass as their preferred finance partner to advise our subscribers on all aspects of renewables finance.

Bob Wilson, Chairman, Farming Online

Early in 2011 we used Compass Renewables to source finance for the construction of an anaerobic digester. We’d been unable to secure finance ourselves, wasting a lot of time speaking to the wrong people. I found Compass on the Internet and made contact while still investigating as many options as I could find. During this time I did speak to a few helpful finance companies and banks, but they were unwilling to finance our project. These discussions led us nowhere and it became apparent to us that those in the know, about renewable energy, were telling us that the person to speak to was “Bruce Nelson from Compass Renewables”.

Over the following few weeks we supplied Compass with the information they required and followed their advice on the structure of our business plan.  We found them to be very approachable, helpful, professional and confidential. They had an impressive understanding of our planned development which, along with their knowledge of the financial market, enabled them to point us in the right direction for the finance we needed.

Compass presented our project in a professional way, that we had failed to do, sourcing a finance solution at the first attempt.  They remained by our side throughout all the negotiating and the advice they have given us has been invaluable. For a farming business diversifying into a totally new industry we would recommend Compass for your finance requirements.  We will certainly be using Compass for any future finance needs and will continue to seek their advice on our current project.

Paul Jones, Director, G P Biotec


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Their partners

Like ADBA, Compass are also committed to making the most of AD’s potential, particularly its contribution to the UK’s climate change, waste management and wider environmental objectives, working closely with DECC, Defra, WRAP and The Green Investment Bank  to help meet these objectives.

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