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  • Renewable Energy

    Knowledge is power

    Renewable energy is a fast-growing sector offering great opportunities for landowners, investors, developers and suppliers.

    Our team of multi-disciplinary specialists from our agriculture, corporate, construction and commercial property departments has accumulated a wealth of experience advising on new power generating technologies. We understand the issues, opportunities, and risks and will guide you through the sector’s complex and specific legal aspects.

    What can we do for you?

    We will work with you from conception to commissioning and beyond, providing comprehensive and effective solutions to every situation.

    Wilkin Chapman solicitors is acknowledged as one of the county’s leading agricultural law firms and the renewable energy sector is increasingly playing a major role in a diverse rural economy.
    With our reputation in this area, we are ideally placed to advise landowners and businesses on the legalities of developing or investing in renewables.

    Wind Farms - Offshore Renewable Support

    With our particular experience and extensive knowledge of the Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire region, we can deal with landowners for onshore cable easements for offshore projects, and have worked on Triton Knoll, Hornsea One and Two and Humber Gateway.

    We provide support to port operators and the operations and maintenance sector including:

    • Preliminary advice on landowner’s rights 
    • Options for leases or cable easements
    • Leases and easements
    • Licences, particularly relating to occupation of port
    • Property where considerations include security of
    • Tenure, operational requirements for vessels, berthing
    • and penning issues, liability and risk

    Wind Turbines and Wind Farms

    We have worked with landowners, developers, banks and investors on wind farm projects ranging from single, 300/500KW-1MW turbines through to multi-landowner projects of 15-40 megawatts. We can advise you on the issues relating to the transfer, purchase, and installation, refinancing and restructuring of commercial wind turbines and can help you to resolve disputes through our dispute resolution service.

    We also specialise in dealing with option and lease agreements and have acted for over 40 different landowners throughout the UK.

    Biomass - Anaerobic Digesters

    We have built up considerable experience and knowledge in the biomass field and have advised on projects such as;  the acquisition and construction of a 400KW facility in Huddersfield.  We are used to working on projects that have standard form construction engineering contracts on tight timescales, and often with complicated structuring and funding issues.  We can help you with:

    • Supply and construction contracts for a facility
    • Structuring of any joint venture arrangements
    • Funding and feedstock supply arrangements

    Solar Parks

    Our lawyers help a large number of landowners in the granting of options and leases for solar parks on open land, together with documents such as easements, licences for works, exclusivity arrangements and planning information. We also deal with rooftop leases for solar panels and rooftop panels within commercial leases and are delighted that our new building in Grimsby has solar panels on the roof.


    In addition, we act for energy companies in relation to the purchase, development, and sale of solar parks.

    Renewable Crops – Miscanthus

    We can deal with the negotiation of:

    • Growers contracts
    • Contracts with power companies

    As NFU appointed lawyers, we have advised approximately 80 growers of miscanthus on the termination of their growers’ contracts and the subsequent migration of supply to a local power station, involving advice on the terms of supply to the power station.

    We later advised on the acquisition of one of the principal buyers and suppliers of miscanthus.

    Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR) and Battery Storage Projects

    We are able to help with STOR and battery storage projects whether as standalone or as part of larger construction projects.

    Why choose us?

    • Multidisciplinary team of sector specialists
    • Proven track record of realised renewable energy projects
    • Good understanding of requirements from all different perspectives - landowners, investors, suppliers
    • Ability to respond to evolving legislation
    • Cost-effective, high-quality services
    • Ability to advise nationwide

    For general enquiries, please email: renewables@wilkinchapman.co.uk