Alternative & Renewable Energy

In-depth knowledge of the industry and a commitment to understanding the business objectives of our clients enable us to provide focused strategic counsel and advice for developing and financing alternative and renewable energy projects.

Overview

The attorneys on our team represent owners and developers of solar, wind, biomass and other energy facilities generating electricity from alternative or renewable sources.  We also work with investors supplying capital and financing for such projects. As the landscape of legislation, federal and state tax credits and other programs that dramatically impact economic efficiency constantly changes, our clients rely on us to stay on the cutting edge of developments in the use of these incentives by owners and investors.  Our goal of providing a big-picture perspective while still seeing to the details of each individual project enables us to assist our diverse client base with the specific needs unique to each installation.

We assist developer clients with every step of the life cycle of an energy project using an integrated approach, including site acquisition; structuring ownership to facilitate the use of available tax credits and incentives; conventional and alternative financing; the leveraging of state and local government economic development programs and incentives; the negotiation of power purchase agreements and solar energy procurement agreements; and permitting and interconnection issues.

The Alternative & Renewable Energy practice is international in scope. In addition to representing foreign companies that develop their own energy projects in the U.S., we also assist international clients that need help in selecting and acquiring American site locations for the manufacture of solar panels, modules, inverters, wind turbines, and other equipment and components incorporated into renewable energy facilities.

The team also works closely with colleagues in the firm’s Economic Development practice in order to identify the most that can be used.  The detailed knowledge of what is available at a state or county level along with personal relationships with the relevant decision-makers can make a difference in the economic viability of a project.

Our attorneys have always been on Boards of Directors and in other leadership positions of notable trade and business groups in the industry, state, national and even international levels.  We also remain deeply involved as policy advocates and in related lobbying efforts at the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) and the State legislature, including assistance with drafting legislation targeting expansion of renewable energy opportunities in the State. We also participate actively in the PSC’s Integrated Resource Plan process that has led to an expanded mandate for the procurement of solar energy projects by the Georgia Power Company.

Experience

  • Negotiated  a Solar Energy Procurement Agreement on behalf of a major private university for the installation of solar facilities at 17 rooftop and parking deck sites across campus.
  • Assisted several  national and international renewable energy development and investment companies in the acquisition, structuring and financing of solar development projects in Georgia and the negotiation of related local tax abatement and other economic development incentives.
  • Represented an international food distribution company in connection with its renewable energy initiatives around the country , including the procurement of solar energy for 18 sites in Texas, rooftop solar on a warehouse in New Jersey, and the development of an electric vehicle fleet for facilities in northern California.
  • Negotiating a Solar Energy Procurement Agreement on behalf of the owner of a multi-building office complex for the installation of solar facilities at several sites around the project.
  • Regularly manage immigrant and non-immigrant visa processing on behalf of a German company that is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of wind turbines.
  • Assisted a $2 Billion asset German fund with due diligence for a U.S. renewable energy fund.
  • Represent Hecate Energy LLC with a 30 MW solar farm.
  • On behalf of a domestic solar developer, drafted and negotiated an EPC contract, developed a structure to allow a Georgia School District to purchase solar energy while preserving the investment tax credit and the negotiated financing of the project with taxable revenue bonds.
  • Represented an Austrian manufacturer of solar inverters and welding equipment in legal aspects of a national site selection search, including negotiation of an incentive package valued at about $20 million in connection with its $40 million investment in a North American headquarters and manufacturing facility expected to create about 700 jobs. Further assisted in negotiation of local tax abatements and acquisition of real estate.
  • Served as buy-side counsel for strategic acquisition of infrastructure assets for wholesale distribution of petroleum products and renewable fuels in the energy sector.
  • Advised client on legal and practical implications of proposed Atlanta Sustainability Ordinance and assisted in developing strategy to lobby against adoption of the new law; strategy was successful in raising awareness of inadequacies of law resulting in rejection by the Atlanta City Council.

    Recognition

    AGG is a past recipient of the Georgia Solar Energy Association’s Solar Advocate Award.

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