Polsinelli has one of the most experienced clean energy practices in the country, with more than 25 years of experience representing clients in the development, financing and operation of more than 15 GW of clean energy projects throughout the country. These projects include all forms of renewable energy technologies, including wind, solar, battery storage, green hydrogen, bioenergy and attendant facilities such as transmission.  Our team’s depth and breadth of experience, combined with our extensive local presence, provide clients the resources they need to understand each project’s needs and successfully meet their goals.  Our attorneys are also actively involved in renewable energy trade groups and state legislative bodies in order to understand, and influence, the evolving framework impacting the clean energy industry. 

Our project development team has extensive experience in all facets of the development process, regularly assisting clients with securing key regulatory certificates/permits, contracts and entitlements for the construction and operation of energy projects, including wind, solar, battery energy storage systems, natural gas, biofuels, biomass, pipelines and electric transmission infrastructure. In addition to our technical experience, our attorneys have a deep understanding of legal requirements and customary practices. We provide our clients with key insights related to state and local matters that help avoid unknown pitfalls, accelerate development and find solutions to achieve a project’s success. 

Polsinelli offers its clients the full spectrum of legal services necessary for the successful development of clean energy projects, including: 

  • Land use, siting, entitlement and state/local permitting matters, including local practices
  • Real estate and site control
  • Community and stakeholder relations and engagement
  • Land use and opposition related analysis, mitigation and litigation
  • Federal and state regulatory analysis and permitting
  • Environmental review and permitting matters
  • Tax analysis and structuring, including the negotiation of incentives and PILOT agreements
  • Development services and joint development agreements with public and private entities
  • Due diligence and project counsel for financing transactions (including debt and tax equity structures)
  • Equipment supply agreements
  • Engineering, procurement, and construction contracts
  • Operating and maintenance agreements
  • Negotiation of power purchase agreements, including structuring and negotiating virtual power purchase agreements
  • Interconnection and transmission service agreements