Vedder Price

Renewable Energy Development and Finance Vedder Service

We provide comprehensive legal advice in connection with the development, purchase, sale and financing of renewable-energy projects, including those funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Our attorneys are at the forefront in developing new structured finance vehicles and other ways of applying the various tax credit, grant and loan programs available under ARRA.

We represent an array of parties involved in renewable-energy development and finance, including lenders, governmental entities, investors, sponsors and borrowers in connection with nonrecourse and limited-recourse project financings and structured lease financings of renewable-energy projects, utilizing various combinations of:

  • Structured finance (including partnership structures to production tax credits)
  • Bank debt
  • Bonds
  • Equity
  • Mezzanine debt
  • Credit support
  • Indirect financing via private equity capital call and other facilities

Our attorneys represent participants in all stages of development, purchase, sale and finance of renewable-energy projects, including:

  • Partnership and joint venture agreements
  • Tax and liability structuring
  • "Bankability" reviews and recommendations
  • Requests for proposal, bids and concessions
  • Ground leases and site acquisition contracts
  • Engineering, procurement and construction agreements
  • Supply arrangements
  • Power purchase agreements
  • Interconnection agreements
  • Operation and maintenance contracts
  • Environmental planning and permitting
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Labor advice
  • Various forms of dispute resolution

Our experience includes projects related to:

  • Biomass
  • Wind
  • Methane gas
  • Solar Energy from waste and industrial heat recovery
  • Ethanol
  • Nuclear