As the number of solar and wind installations continues to grow, so does the need to manage the industrial materials used in that process throughout their entire life cycle. With that in mind, law firm Lewis rock announced the creation of the Renewable Energy End-of-Life Planning Group.
The company has offices in Albuquerque, Colorado Springs, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Reno, Silicon Valley and Tucson.
The multidisciplinary team, co-led by Denver partner Tom Dougherty, associate Dietrich Hoefner and Phoenix of counsel James Voyles, will draw on Lewis Roca’s years of experience in the energy and utility industry. The team helps clients with things like:
- Navigating the regulatory challenges and opportunities surrounding the renewable energy lifecycle
- Real estate and land use issues associated with renewable facilities
- Intellectual property protection for newly developed technologies and companies
- Storage, disposal and recycling of materials and equipment for renewable energy facilities
- Issues related to tribal governments, land and resources
- Recycling and reuse of valuable equipment and raw materials
- Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
“We know of no other law firm that focuses on this important set of issues: what happens when renewable energy projects reach the end of their lifecycle and how companies can creatively optimize resources beyond their first use,” said Dougherty . “We are ready to help clients navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by these questions at all stages, whether identifying potential partnerships and executing contracts up front or managing the end of an asset’s life cycle as it approaches.”
“Renewable energy developers have moved past the point where they can passively plan for the decommissioning and repowering of new and older assets,” Voyles added. “Proactively planning the lifecycle of a renewable asset will only become more important, and planning should be done sooner rather than later.”
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