Solar Energy Services

At Stoel Rives, our renewable energy practice is among the largest in the United States. We've been pioneers in renewable energy law since the 1980s. Solar is a key part of this work.

Lex Helius: The Law of Solar Energy (PDF)

For each engagement, our lawyers are able to draw upon a deep well of experience in every aspect of solar project development and operation. We represent developers and operators of utility-scale and distributed-generation solar energy projects, as well as solar technology manufacturing companies, institutional investors, and large energy consumers.

We specialize in the "how-to" of the solar business. Utility scale and distributed generation solar projects, like other renewable ventures, are subject to a plethora of real property issues, regulatory complexities and permitting requirements. These projects involve interconnection, transmission, power purchase negotiations, financing, taxes and construction contracting. Conditions vary from state to state, and within the same state, from area to area: experience counts.

Clients value our combination of sustained practice, up-to-date knowledge and forward-looking advice about rapidly evolving industry dynamics. We have deep familiarity with all the stakeholders in the solar business, with the business models, with the regulatory compliance issues, as well as with potential government incentives. We negotiate the legal intricacies while maintaining a sharp focus on overall strategy.


Project finance
Negotiate and document placement of equity and debt; tax structuring.

Project siting
Prosecute permit applications, including environmental compliance; negotiate and document agreements for site rights.

Enterprise and venture structuring
Advise clients about their options; negotiate business partner relationships; prepare and maintain all appropriate documentation; perform due diligence in capital transactions.

Power marketing
Develop power purchase agreements and alternatives such as facility leases; negotiate interconnection and transmission arrangements; negotiate power purchase agreements for utility scale solar plants.

Construction and equipment procurement
Negotiate and prepare contracts clearly allocating risks in harmony with other project and venture commitments.

Taxes and incentives
Arrange project structuring to maximize utilization of state and federal programs, including environmental attributes, federal investment tax credits, utility incentives, and accelerated depreciation allowance.

Management and maintenance
Provide for long term project and facility integrity in compliance with all project documents.

Carbon management
Understand how your project might fit in with US and international carbon credit regimes; find ways to make the most of your carbon assets.

Intellectual property protection
Patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution and licensing; advice and documentation for protection of trade secrets and other proprietary information.

Arbitration and litigation
Resolve disputes efficiently, allowing executives to focus on their ventures and projects.

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