Williams Mullen represents clients on the development, construction and operation of utility-scale and distributed generation (DG) solar projects throughout the U.S. Our Solar Energy team assists clients in all aspects of solar project development, including real estate, land use, financing, tax, environmental, energy (regulation, interconnection and power sales), construction and corporate law. Through our team’s understanding of the legal, financial and other aspects of a solar project, our ultimate goal is to assist clients in expediting project delivery, mitigating risk and maximizing return.

 

      

Williams Mullen represents clients on the development, construction and operation of utility-scale and distributed generation (DG) solar projects throughout the U.S. Our Solar Energy team assists clients in all aspects of solar project development, including real estate, land use, financing, tax, environmental, energy (regulation, interconnection and power sales), construction and corporate law. Through our team’s understanding of the legal, financial and other aspects of a solar project, our ultimate goal is to assist clients in expediting project delivery, mitigating risk and maximizing return.

We offer clients a full-service team to assist with taking a solar project from conception to completion, and all aspects in between. Our comprehensive team of attorneys and advisors includes members of the firm’s Energy, Real Estate, Land Use, Construction, Government Relations, Environmental, Tax, Corporate and Intellectual Property practice groups. Whether you are involved with a utility-scale or C&I solar project, our solar team can add value to your project by identifying potential legal issues and risk and offering practical results-oriented solutions to issues.

REAL ESTATE & LAND USE

  • Real estate contracting, including options to purchase or lease, easements, leases and property acquisitions
  • Land use, siting and permitting approvals and permits

ENVIRONMENTAL

  • Environmental compliance, auditing and counseling
  • Permitting and enforcement > Environmental impact reviews

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

  • State and Local – Virginia and North Carolina 

PROJECT FINANCING

  • Equity funding, senior debt and mezzanine financing
  • Non-recourse project financing

ENERGY REGULATION

  • Federal and state energy regulatory compliance and approvals
    • Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN)
    • Permit-by-Rule (PBR)
    • Qualifying Facility (QF) certification
  • Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) regulations

TAXES & INCENTIVES

  • Counseling and structuring of federal and state incentives
  • Tax rebates, credits and other incentives, including Investment Tax Credit
  • Local property tax assessments, exemptions and credits

PROJECT PURCHASE & SALE (M&A)

  • Due diligence > APAs and MIPAs
  • Term Sheet/Letter of Intent

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT & CONSTRUCTION

  • Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Agreements
  • Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)
  • Interconnection requirements and agreements
  • Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Agreements
  • Construction contracts and disputes

      

Our Solar Energy team has represented clients on more than 2 GW of solar development projects throughout the U.S. Representative matters include:

  • Land Use. Represented developers on land use and zoning matters involving utility-scale solar projects.
  • Real Estate. Represented developers and landowners on solar options, leases and property purchases in MD, NC, SC, TX and VA.
  • Purchase/Sale. Represented developers on the purchase and sale of over 45 solar projects located in GA, IL, NC, TX and VA.
  • Interconnection. Represented developers on interconnection issues, including PJM New Services Queue and utility issues.
  • EPC Construction. Represented developers on the negotiation of EPC agreements for construction of over 45 solar projects.
  • Government Relations. Represented developers and solar industry associations on legislative and local government relations matters in Virginia and North Carolina.
  • Regulatory. Represented developers on state and federal energy regulatory issues, including matters pertaining to FERC, Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC), North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) and South Carolina Public Service Commission (SCPSC).
  • State and Local Tax. Represented developers on Virginia and North Carolina state and local property tax and other tax issues.
  • North Carolina H.B. 589. Represented developers on the rules implementing HB 589 and comments to Duke Energy’s proposed CPRE Program agreements.
  • Incentives/Grants. Advised developers on state tax incentives and grant programs.

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    Experience

    Our team has worked on the development of more than 2 GW of solar projects throughout the United States.

     
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