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About our clean energy expertise

We have genuine in-depth knowledge of the clean energy sector, with particular expertise in renewable energy, battery storage, distributed generation, heat and innovative/smart solutions.

Our experience includes:

  • Energy-from-waste (including anaerobic digestion, biomass, gasification and biomethane injection/gas-to-grid)
  • Battery storage
  • Ground-mounted and rooftop solar PV
  • Onshore and offshore wind
  • Combined heat and power (CHP)
  • Zero emission vehicles and EV charging infrastructure
  • Hydrogen and alternative fuels
  • Onshore and offshore electricity networks (including private wires and OFTOs)
  • Grid connections
  • Smart metering
  • Virtual power plants
  • Energy services and energy performance contracting (including ESCO frameworks)
  • Route-to-market contracts
  • Power purchase agreements (including all types of corporate PPA – private wire, sleeved and synthetic/virtual)
  • Battery optimisation services contracts
  • Decarbonisation of heat and heat networks
  • Electricity and heat supply contracts
  • Distributed generation, asset aggregation and portfolio optimisation
  • Balancing/ancillary services (including the capacity market)
  • Energy industry regulation (including clean energy subsidies, low carbon incentives, licensing and licence exemptions)
  • PFI, PPP and joint venture structures
  • Dispute resolution, climate change litigation, greenwashing

Infrastructure and project finance transactions are the specialism of James Larmour, who has over 15 years’ experience acting for investors on energy, waste and infrastructure projects. James advises on structuring primary market projects, secondary market acquisitions and disposals, and managing projects throughout their lifecycle (including change management, equity restructuring and refinancing).

We regularly host webinars on hot topics in the clean energy, waste and sustainability sectors. Please see below. 

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Insights & webinars

  • Bioenergy: current market & future opportunities

    Our speakers discussed the current bioenergy market and future opportunities. We also covered the Green Gas Support Scheme, common misconceptions in the bioenergy sector, and developments in the feedstock market. A poll of attendees revealed that most believe anaerobic digestion will win out as the predominant bioenergy generation technology.

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  • Hydrogen: what’s the buzz

    The first in a series of webinars exploring the role of hydrogen in the UK economy, this session covered the energy, transport and wider infrastructure sectors. Our speakers provided a high level introduction to hydrogen in the energy sector, including:

    > How does hydrogen fit into the energy transition
    > The different methods of producing hydrogen
    > What are the main uses of hydrogen
    > What are government and industry stakeholders doing to promote hydrogen in the 2020s

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  • Hydrogen in transport

    We take a closer look at the role of hydrogen in the energy transition & hydrogen’s potential in the transport sector.

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    Read our other hydrogen materials here:

    Energy focus: UK’s energy mix – a role for hydrogen?
    Transport focus: hydrogen vehicles – the future?
    Freeths advises Centrica - breakthrough hydrogen production technology

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Why choose us?

Members of our clean energy, waste & sustainability team specialise in:

> Commercial contracts
> Regulation
> Real estate
> Planning & environment
> Construction
> Corporate transactions & taxation
> Banking & finance
Climate change litigation & greenwashing
> Public procurement
> Health & safety
> Business structures & restructuring
> Intellectual property, IT & data

Notable work & expertise

  • Distributed energy storage & generation

    Advising the shareholders of Fig Power (including investor BGF) on its sale to The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited (TRIG), the FTSE 250 investment company. Fig Power is a developer of distributed energy storage and generation assets and was spun-out from award-winning engineering design, energy and sustainability consultancy, Hydrock. TRIG has a portfolio of wind, solar and battery storage projects across Europe and is advised by investment manager InfraRed Capital Partners Ltd.

    Read full press release >

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  • Solar farming & battery optimisation

    Advising ENGIE Global Energy Management & Sales on an innovative power purchase and optimisation services contract for one of the UK’s first debt-funded co-located solar and battery storage project. Our role included advising on issues arising from the lenders’ financing arrangements in respect of the debt-funding of the battery construction and operation, and the implications for the offtake arrangements.

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  • Battery storage & solar assets

    Advising on a joint venture and development services arrangement between an international investment firm and a large-scale energy project developer in relation to a 300MW pipeline of battery storage and solar assets in the UK.

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  • Solar pipeline portfolios

    Advising Cambridge Power on its joint venture with global investor Brookfield Renewable to develop 985 MW of battery storage and co-located solar projects in the UK

    Read full press release >

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  • Battery storage facilities

    Advising Catalyst Capital on the acquisition of a 100MW battery storage project in the north of England on the site of the former Skelton Grange power station. This project will form part of a regional hub for renewable energy alongside a neighbouring energy-from-waste plant.

    Read full press release >

  • Hydrogen production technology

    Advising Centrica PLC on its investment in HiiROC, a turquoise hydrogen production technology company.

    Read full press release >

  • Battery energy storage & regulation

    Advising Centrica PLC on the acquisition of an SPV holding project rights for the development of a 30MW battery energy storage system in Scotland, including due diligence on the grid connection, land rights and planning (via Scottish co-counsel), negotiation of the acquisition documentation and advice in relation to application of the new National Security & Investment (NSI) regime and energy industry regulation.

  • Transmission-connected battery storage

    Advising Catalyst Capital on its entry into a JV to develop a 49.9MW transmission-connected battery storage project in the south of England. The multidisciplinary Freeths team advised on the investment documents, major equipment supply, balance of plant, long term services, optimisation services and asset management contracts, and carried out due diligence on the land rights, grid connection, planning and environmental matters.

  • Energy contracts & disputes

    Advising the owner/operator of a portfolio of real estate assets on a high value dispute concerning its electricity procurement arrangements, involving a number of different licensed energy suppliers, a complex matrix of agreed and deemed contracts, the insolvency of one of the suppliers and an associated Supplier of Last Resort arrangement. This matter required energy and commercial contracts expertise as well as input from our dispute management and insolvency teams.

  • View all

    View all our various clean energy projects, including advising on sales, joint ventures and development services for energy storage, solar, and battery projects in the UK and Scotland.

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Related news & insights

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    The FCA’s anti-greenwashing guidance – key takeaways

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    Freeths expands energy sector offering in the North with strategic senior hire

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    ESG Reporting: What do UK businesses need to be aware of?

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    Second REMA consultation – moving closer to market reform

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    Freeths advises on launch of UK’s first ever low-carbon food production campus

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    Spring Budget 2024 – key takeaways for the energy industry

Meet our team

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James Hartley

Partner & National Head of Dispute Resolution

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Jackie Heeds

Partner & Joint Lead of Major Projects

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Andrew Maxwell

Partner and Head of Competition

Shraiya Thapa's Profile

Shraiya Thapa

Senior Associate, Knowledge Management Lawyer

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