Energy + Natural Resources

Renewable Energy and Clean Technologies

In California and beyond, Farella serves innovative renewable energy companies, pioneering startups, and some of the largest solar, wind, and geothermal producers—including the oldest renewable energy project in Northern California, the 900 megawatt Geysers Geothermal Field.

From project inception through commercial operations, we ensure that developers, investors, owners, and lenders are positioned to meet the requirements of this dynamic market. Across the energy spectrum, we provide legal and business guidance based upon our practical field experience, and offer seamless access to subject matter specialties. Our counsel covers the full range of needs in:

  • Acquisitions and dispositions
  • Capital markets transactions
  • Environmental
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual property
  • Joint development agreements
  • Judicial and administrative agency litigation
  • Land use and permitting
  • Offtake and interconnection agreements
  • Procurement and construction
  • Project financing
  • Real estate
  • Regulatory
  • Tax

We believe that our years of experience working on some of the earliest and most innovative renewable energy projects throughout California is a competitive advantage for our clients. Our early involvement in renewable projects gives us unique insight and allows us to shape successful strategies for companies and entrepreneurs. As leaders serving the industry in California, we export our knowledge and learnings as renewable energy development spreads across the country and beyond its borders.

Energy Storage Projects

With more storage technology options emerging and the United States transitions to a cleaner energy economy, energy storage is poised to play an even greater role, particularly in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Increasingly, our renewable energy team is working with entities that are either developing storage technology or looking for real estate purchase or leasing deals to build storage facilities.

Currently, we are involved in battery and hydro pump storage projects, as well as working with interesting new technologies using compressed air stored in caverns and different ways of harnessing power over time.

Financing

Alternative energy production and storage enterprises face non-conventional financing obstacles—lenders tend to be more conservative because risks are greater. Having been involved at every phase of development in energy project financing, we understand the hot button issues, risks, and lender concerns. Our clients appreciate our awareness of potential problems that might arise two or three years before financing is complete and our ability to help them navigate the novel aspects that can cause financing problems.

Real Estate

The market for renewable energy projects is growing while land regulations are increasing. Today, the prospect of running into environmental problems—protected species, water, and other resources—puts some locations at risk. We stay on the forefront of all important developments and apply various skill sets and knowledge to help our clients work through complex land acquisitions or leases.

Utilizing smaller, highly responsive teams, we are true partners with our clients, saving them time and money, without sacrificing on quality.