Renewable Energy & Sustainability

Today’s businesses are under increasing economic and social pressure to reduce their carbon footprint. The Renewable Energy and Sustainability Group at Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi works with clients to achieve this goal. Our attorneys counsel clients seeking to replace their fossil fuel consumption with sources of renewable energy, as well as those seeking to implement sustainable business practices. The Group also represents providers of these energy sources and systems, whether such systems are sold or leased to the end user, or operated pursuant to a power purchase agreement.

The Renewable Energy and Sustainability Group draws upon our attorneys’ extensive experience and knowledge in the complementary fields of real estate, corporate, tax and environmental law, commercial litigation, and regulatory affairs. Our broad-based practice assists our diverse client base in taking advantage of tax and regulatory incentives to implement the latest technology in socially responsible and economically rewarding ways.

Our attorneys provide counseling and advice on a wide range of renewable energy and sustainability issues, including:
  • Representing investors and alternative energy providers in structuring and implementing renewable energy projects
  • Representing property owners and tenants structuring and implementing renewable energy projects using both first-party and third-party ownership models
  • Negotiation of: power purchase agreements; leases; licenses; engineering, procurement and construction agreements; operation and maintenance agreements; asset purchase agreements; membership interest purchase agreements; joint venture agreements; and agreements for the purchase and sale of renewable energy credits and other environmental attributes
  • Representing clients before the Board of Public Utilities
  • Assisting clients in obtaining New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection approval to build renewable energy projects on landfills and brownfields
  • Structuring and implementing financing vehicles for renewable energy projects for both lenders and borrowers
  • Assisting clients in both avoiding and conducting litigation related to renewable energy projects
  • Representing landlords and tenants in the negotiation of “green” leases
  • Advising property owners and tenants in developing sustainable business practices
  • Represents buyers and sellers of renewable energy projects