Regional and national developers, lenders and landowners benefit from our Energy team’s expertise and guidance for wind projects from start to finish.
Dependable, in-depth legal expertise for a fast-moving industry
As the wind energy sector and its technologies continue to develop, the associated rules and regulations are changing continuously – such as those relating to subsidies and onshore planning rules – and we provide expert, in-depth legal support across the board.
Stephens Scown acted on the first wind farm in the country, at Delabole in Cornwall, and continues to be a leader in on-shore wind energy transactions throughout the UK.
Specialist knowledge and sector awareness
Our Energy team has some unique industry qualifications, including Sonya Bedford’s Global Wind Organisation WINDA Delegate Training Certificate, which qualifies her to scale a wind turbine. Our sector-specific qualifications and insight, combined with proven legal capabilities, mean we’re well placed to provide the best advice and guidance at any stage of a wind project.
Our wind energy expertise includes:
regulatory issues (OFGEM accreditation and interpretation of regulations)
project finance and re-financing
the Feed in Tariff and Renewable Obligation Certificates
preparing & negotiating heads of terms
property and commercial agreements, wayleaves and easements
power purchase agreements
bespoke grid connections
construction contracts & operation and maintenance agreements
acquisition & disposal of wind turbines
planning & environmental impact
Our experience includes:
refinancing a six-turbine wind farm in Scotland for over £19m
planning for a 25MW 12-turbine development
advising a wind developer on full due diligence of a 15MW three-turbine project in Devon/Cornwall requiring nine easements, a bespoke connection agreement, a power purchase agreement and subsequent disposal to an investment fund
advising on a 500kW wind turbine project at Holsworthy in Devon that reached exchange in just five business days
advising on over ten 500kW turbines throughout Cornwall and Devon, including warranties on turbines and funding agreements
acquisition and funding of two community-scale wind turbines in Gloucestershire
purchase of two wind turbines by Trevissome Wind Energy Limited
combined wind and storage projects for two turbine projects in Cornwall with grid constraints.