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Straight Talk for the Solar Industry

The emerging solar market accounts for more than a third of venture capital invested in the United States’ energy sector—and solar projects increasingly are part of the project finance market.

From improvement in photovoltaic (PV) system efficiencies to the concentrated solar panel (CSP) field, the solar sector is maturing into a commercial industry that requires technological, legal and regulatory support. As this industry progresses, Andrews Kurth is advising at all stages.

Our counsel includes all aspects of:

Recognized for the power of our Energy practice group, our lawyers have more than 30 years of experience counseling in alternative energy and distributed power sources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biofuels and hydroelectricity.

Project Development and Financing

Andrews Kurth advises on the development of solar projects, including real estate matters, interconnection arrangements, power purchase and energy hedging arrangements, major equipment purchase contracts, construction contracts and operation and maintenance agreements.  We help ensure that ownership and deal structures and contractual provisions are maximized, coordinated and financeable. Our lawyers regularly work with borrowers, lenders and tax equity investors in structuring and negotiating non-recourse development, construction and long-term debt and other financing arrangements for solar projects.

Energy and Environmental Regulatory Guidance

We can provide complete counsel and guidance on the regulatory issues most pressing to solar and renewable energy, including:

Andrews Kurth lawyers represent clients in regulatory proceedings before numerous state and federal energy regulatory agencies, and advise on regulatory requirements, to obtain needed approvals.

Project Acquisition and Divestiture

As is typical in a growing industry such as solar energy, our clients are actively engaged in the acquisition and divestiture of solar projects (single and portfolio), including operating projects and projects in all stages of development. We assist our clients in navigating the numerous issues that arise in connection with such transactions.

Counsel to Growing Companies

Andrews Kurth represents some of the largest and most well-established energy companies in the world, but we also advise the management of small and developing solar and other renewable energy companies on structural issues, financing, taxation and employment matters and application of securities law. For private equity clients, we advise on private placements of equity and debt—convertible, secured and unsecured. We also regularly advise on:

Our long-standing involvement with the venture capital and private equity communities has proven to be an important resource for our clients as their companies grow and compete in the marketplace.

Our Experience

Andrews Kurth has a very respectable portfolio of solar work, comprising all aspects of the industry. Recent activities include:

The solar industry operates in a changing statutory and regulatory landscape and we help our clients balance both their evolving business needs and the industry requirements to remain competitive and in compliance.

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