Renewables

No other Australian law firm has the comprehensive understanding of the key legal, commercial and policy issues facing the renewable energy industry that Clayton Utz has.

We draw upon experience that spans the major sources of renewable and clean energy – in particular, green energy projects involving solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and hydroelectric infrastructure batteries and other forms of energy storage – to help you invest in, create and deliver world-class renewable projects.

Our understanding helps you to deliver

Australia’s renewable energy market continues to attract interest from developers, contractors, manufacturers, governments, as well as local and international investors.

And when they want to do business in this sector in Australia, Clayton Utz is the natural choice.  We've assisted many Australian and international companies with the approvals, planning, development, acquisition, operation and disposal of projects over many years.

Recognition

  • Legal 500: Tier 1 – Project Development (2019)
  • Legal 500: Ranked in Energy & Natural Resources (2019) 
  • Chambers Asia Pacific: Ranked in Energy & Resources (2019)
  • Asialaw Profiles: Highly Recommended Law Firm – Energy & Natural Resources (2017)
  • Australasian Law Awards: Finalists–E&R Deal of the year: Hornsdale Wind Farm (2016)

Legal 500 (2019):

  • Clayton Utz "takes the time to listen and distil issues, and provides advice that can be implemented immediately, rather than advice that requires more follow-up and refinement".
  • Clayton Utz’s comprehensive practice "provides insightful strategic guidance along with excellent legal advice…"

Chambers Asia Pacific (2019):

  • Clients find: "They are responsive and proactive rather than reactive and give timely, realistic and practical legal advice. I have also found them to be personable, therefore it is easy to give instructions and discuss issues." 

Our experience covers large and small scale renewable projects, major power plants and district based generation systems, and the sale and purchase of renewable energy and environmental instruments.

With this has come an in-depth understanding of what our clients need at each stage of a renewable energy project, including project structuring, development approvals, rights to access infrastructure, tenure, construction, native title, operation and maintenance, power purchase and sale, electricity derivative agreements stakeholder engagement, licensing and safety.

We bring together a team of legal experts across the life cycle of renewable energy projects incorporating M&A, joint ventures, project financing, electricity law, project due diligence expertise, as well as specialist legal advice on environment and planning, property, native title, construction, electricity markets and electricity network connection agreements. 

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Solar

Sun Brilliance: acting for Sun Brilliance on a 100MW solar power project, which will be one of the largest renewable deals ever done in Western Australia and will be Australia's largest solar power project by output.

Sun Metals: advised on the 100MW Solar Farm in Townsville.

CS Energy: advised on the proposed 250MW solar thermal power station at Kogan Creek in Queensland.

Ergon Energy: advised on the Lakeland 33MW solar and battery storage connection and access agreements at Cooktown far north Queensland. Also advised on long-term renewables offtake arrangements from FRV's large scale Lilyvale 100MW Solar Farm.

Transport for NSW: advised on its offtake arrangements with the Beryl Solar Farm.

Adani: assisted with its Rugby Run Solar Project approvals, including Foreign Investment Approvals.

Origin Energy Solar: advised on its solar cities projects in Adelaide.

EPS: advising on the proposed development of a portfolio of solar farms across Australia.

TRUEnergy Solar: advised on agreements for its national PV Solar Panels Project.

City of Sydney: advising on its solar PV feed-in energy contracts, and its landmark tri-generation project with Origin.

Central Victoria Solar Cities Project: advised on the roll-out of solar energy products to 13 Victorian municipalities.

MAN Solar Millennium: advised on the Leighton / WorleyParsons large-scale solar thermal power project joint venture.

Wind farms

Star of the South Offshore Wind Farm: advising Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on its partnership with Australia's Offshore Energy Ltd to develop the proposed $8 billion 2GW "Star of the South" project –  Australia's first offshore windfarm.

Monash University: advised on its unique Corporate PPA offtake arrangements from the Murra Warra Wind Farm Project.

Ergon Energy: advised Ergon Energy on long-term renewables and power offtake for 170MW Mt Emerald Wind Farm in Queensland.

Waterloo Wind Farms: advised on a variety of projects for Waterloo Wind Farms.

China Energy Conservation & Environmental Group: advised on joint venture between China-listed wind power companies CECEP and Xinjiang Goldwind.

Roaring 40s: advised on wind farm projects at Bluff Point, Studland Bay, Musselroe and Waterloo (and sale of those assets). We acted on all aspects of its arrangements for the development, construction, financing and operating arrangements for these wind farms in Tasmania and South Australia.

CGN Wind Energy: advising on approvals and planning issues for the Mortons Lane Windfarm, including timing issues under the applicable planning permit and cultural heritage issues arising from proposed variations to the design.

Confidential client: advising a confidential client on the prospective divestment of AGL Energy Limited’s 50% participating interest in the Macarthur Wind Farm project by way of a competitive sale process.

Macquarie Bank & Perpetual: acted in Perpetual’s acquisition from AGL of a 95MW wind farm development (now fully constructed) near Hallett in South Australia.

Origin Energy: advising on the acquisition of Yass Valley wind farm and landowner documentation.

Clayton Utz has also advised Origin on the establishment of the Dundas Tablelands Wind Farm, including property and access arrangements.

Union Fenosa: acted in the acquisition of interests in seven wind farm projects situated in New South Wales and Victoria.

Alcoa Alumina: advised on the 180MW Portland wind farm project, including on the connection, power supply and financing/tripartite issues.

TME, Gamesa and Eraring Energy: advised on planning and property issues on the establishment of a wind farm in New South Wales.

Hydro and storage

Hydro Tasmania: advised on the construction of a number of hydro-electric power stations associated with reticulated water storage lakes in South Australia.

Origin Energy: acted on the acquisition of Shoalhaven Hydro Power Stations from the NSW Government of gentrader rights and the assets for the Shoalhaven hydroelectric power stations.

Derby Hydro Power: advised on the construction of Australia's first tidal power station, to be situated to the north of Derby, Western Australia.

Kawasaki: advised on a pilot hydrogen project which included a hydrogen storage facility.

Ergon Energy: advised on the Lakeland 33MW solar and battery storage connection and access agreements at Cooktown far north Queensland.

DRET: acting as probity adviser for the Carbon Capture and Storage Flagship Program.

Alinta: advising on regulatory aspects of battery storage.

S2R: advising on next generation battery storage development.

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