Sustainability and Renewable Energy


Honigman's Sustainability and Renewable Energy Practice Group combines practical business and industry knowledge with broad legal and regulatory capabilities in representing clients engaged in the rapidly changing landscape of the generation and distribution of renewable and alternative energy resources and sustainability technologies. We handle matters related to LEED-certified, high performance workplaces, green real estate development projects and the development of new sustainability technologies. Our clients include solar panel manufacturers, wind farm developers, battery companies, biofuel producers and distributors, real estate owners and developers, equipment suppliers, manufacturers, architects, engineers, contractors, consultants, investors, as well as traditional energy companies.

Our interdisciplinary team assists clients in developing effective, creative and practical solutions in connection with a wide range of sustainability initiatives and issues, including debt and equity financing; tax structuring; joint ventures; asset acquisition and disposition; permitting; environmental compliance; real estate and land use matters; regulatory compliance; intellectual property; and contractual arrangements.

Specific services include:

  • Negotiating and obtaining state and local incentives
  • Regulatory compliance requirements and resolution of compliance issues
  • Negotiating and obtaining regulatory approval
  • Development of sustainable real estate development strategies for office, industrial, commercial, health-care, residential and mixed-use facilities
  • Design, engineering and construction planning and contracting for LEED-certified projects, high performance workplace projects and other green real estate development
  • Negotiation and drafting of "green leases"
  • Negotiation and documentation of easements for energy development and transmission facilities
  • Resolution of land use and project siting issues
  • Structuring financing for sustainable real estate development projects and businesses
  • Syndication of energy tax credits
  • Structuring financing for renewable/alternative energy production facilities
  • Representation of start-up companies developing and manufacturing renewable/alternative energy production equipment
  • Venture capital investing
  • Water conservation and water use regulation
  • Carbon offset trading
  • Energy purchase and supply agreements
  • Prosecution and defense of litigation and other dispute resolution procedures
  • Protection of intellectual property
  • Patent watch services
  • Development of legislative and regulatory approaches and strategies and drafting of legislation and rules

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