Renewable energy and cleantech

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Renewable energy and cleantech cover a diverse set of technologies which are surrounded by a variety of legal and regulatory frameworks. At Penningtons Manches, we are able to draw upon an array of specialist expertise to support clients of all sizes in these fast-changing areas.

Depending upon the precise nature of the scheme, we configure teams to provide advice on competition, corporate and joint venture structures, tax, project finance, venture capital, securities, M&A, real estate, planning, procurement, licensing and intellectual property, construction and engineering, environmental, facilities management, outsourcing, employment, trading, and dispute resolution.  

We have a wide range of experience in these fields, with recent work ranging from recycling, waste treatment and EFW plants and anaerobic digesters, to wind, solar and marine energy projects, smart meters and advice on feed-in tariffs. Our portfolio extends to some of the largest new technology projects in the UK.

We are typically involved at the outset, helping clients avoid traps and understand the potential risks. We also help structure projects and develop tailored procurement strategies to meet client and project needs. Members of our renewable energy and cleantech group offer a pragmatic approach combined with their detailed understanding of the sector. We also have a strong international capability, with considerable experience of overseas and cross border projects.

We offer expert advice on:

  • financing, funding and investments
  • spin-out projects and technology transfer
  • commercial agreements, including R&D, collaborations and joint ventures, supply, manufacturing and licensing
  • protection and enforcement of intellectual property
  • land development agreements and leases
  • infrastructure projects
  • planning issues and environmental law
  • risk management

Recent work highlights

Green funding

Advising Greensphere Capital, a specialist green investment fund, on the establishment of a joint venture to develop several anaerobic digestion plants. This deal secured the first investment from the recently established Green Investment Bank.


DECC Energy Entrepreneurs Fund

Representing a framework provider to DECC in relation to numerous Energy Entrepreneurs Fund grants, as well as to a significant number of cleantech businesses receiving EEF grants.


Anaerobic digestion projects

Structuring a number of anaerobic digestion projects across the country for developers, investment funds, employers and landowners, including the first of three 5MW plants being developed under special project finance arrangements.

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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