Our attorneys have direct experience helping new and expanding alternative energy businesses, both large and small, throughout the country.  Our firm's industry knowledge, as well as practical experience, helps us to work with alternative and renewable energy industries that seek to grow their business by providing sustainable and environmentally-friendly sources of fuel and power generation.

We are ready to address all aspects of starting and running an alternative energy company, while offering a broad base of skills that ensure those businesses get the legal service they want – and, more importantly, that they need – even before asking.

Our firm's clients include national, regional, and local businesses.  Some of our representative experience includes:
  • Lender's counsel in a $75 million USDA deal that supports construction of a waste-to-energy bioprocessing facility
  • Represent lending group for financing of a major alternative energy company responsible for installation of wind and solar facilities throughout the United States
  • Environmental permitting and regulatory compliance assistance for many industry sectors, including bioenergy facilities, waste recovery, and recycling facilities
  • Intellectual Property for large and small wind energy producers, including the largest producer of wind energy systems in the United States
  • Intellectual property for biomass producers and material sciences technology companies
  • Lending consortium on $98 million credit facility for construction of largest ethanol production plant on the East coast
  • Compliance Counsel for the largest energy efficiency project in South Carolina
  • Compliance Counsel for smart grid, battery and biomass projects
  • Structured financial transactions, including representing national and regional organizations in commercial and corporate lending activities
  • Lender of Record's counsel for the first USDA Section 9003 Guaranteed Bond financing for cellulosic ethanol plant in the United States
Diverse backgrounds bring something extra to the table

The Alternative Energy team has vast hands-on industry experience.  Team members include attorneys with experience as a former banker, state agency chairman, public utilities commissioner, Ph.D. chemist, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and scientist. Team members from our Intellectual Property group alone have more than 140 years combined of industry experience.  Among us, you will find:

  • Electrical engineer for 10 years at an electric utility company, handling power systems, transmission, and Smart Grid technology
  • Material scientist
  • Former banker at nation’s largest farm credit bank
  • Former director of state revenue department
  • Former legal counsel to Governor
  • Former commissioner of state utilities commission
  • Former state deputy securities commissioner
  • Former assistant general counsel for state environmental agency
Full Service, Full Resources

With more than 30 practice areas, Maynard Nexsen can significantly leverage the skills of our Alternative Energy attorneys to assist with business organization, financing, intellectual property development and protection, litigation, government relations, regulatory compliance, interconnection, environmental, land use, real estate, licensing, mergers, joint ventures, public-private collaboration, labor and employment, and tax.  Maynard Nexsen is one of the largest law firms in the Southeast, with more than 190 attorneys.  Founded in 1945, the firm has earned a national reputation for professional, principled service.  These values have helped us build and sustain long-term relationships founded on trust, responsiveness, legal skill, community responsibility, and unyielding integrity.

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