Renewable Energy



With our Legally Green® mindset, we understand the policy shifts and technological advances that affect the industry, allowing you to continue deploying and financing clean energy technologies.

Our Approach

Renewable energy now composes over 22% of the U.S. power fleet, with 244 gigawatts of installed capacity across the country—an 83% increase over 2007 levels. As the advent of renewable technologies contributes to an increasingly decarbonized grid, our Energy team helps companies successfully develop and deploy solar, wind, geothermal waste-to-energy, biomass, biofuel, fuel cells, tidal and hydroelectric projects.

We understand that regulatory certainty paves the way for smart investment decisions. However, with continuing, cutting-edge technological improvements and ever-changing regulatory guidance, such certainty is impossible. With offices in California, Washington, DC, and New York, we’re on the frontlines of state and federal changes that impact the clean energy market, allowing us to guide our clients through the constantly evolving legislation and regulations.

Collaborating across legal disciplines, we cover virtually every aspect of renewable power project development and finance, including site assessments, property acquisition, project financing and transmission access. And, we’re well versed in the approval, permitting and licensing processes that renewable energy projects require at the local, state and federal levels.

Whether we’re representing a large solar developer setting up a community solar facility or helping a global investment firm with the siting and permitting of a large wind project, we work hard to remain the trusted legal advisor to clients shaping the future of renewable energy.

In fact, our philosophy and practice go hand in hand. Our Legally Green® firmwide initiative incorporates innovative clean energy efforts that harness an understanding of state and local energy laws to deploy solar projects and contribute to the local community. Our team at Nixon Peabody has developed and installed the first Community Solar Project in the DC area: three rooftop arrays that form a collective 180kW system interconnected with a local utility. Rather than keeping or selling the renewable energy produced from the panels, we work with our partners to ensure that tenants of affordable housing projects receive all of the credits at no cost. We remain the largest solar installation on DC commercial property. As a pioneer in this arena, we are recognized as the go-to firm for domain knowledge in the renewable energy space. Let us help you implement similarly creative and innovative solutions for your organization and company’s energy initiatives.

How a DC law firm installed solar panels to help low-income people save on utilities

Washington Post | May 11, 2018

Nixon Peabody’s pro bono solar panel project is featured in this article.  Washington DC tax credit finance and syndication partner Jeff Lesk and senior counsel Herb Stevens are quoted throughout this feature which highlights how this first-of-its-kind project benefits low-income residents in the DC community.

Nixon Peabody seeks to benefit the poor with its solar panels

ABA Journal | May 11, 2018

Washington DC partner Jeff Lesk and senior counsel Herb Stevens are mentioned in this article about the NP Solar program, which uses solar panels placed atop DC-area buildings to produce electricity and cost savings for low-income residents.

DC law firm uses its own panels to cut others' power bills

Energy & Environmental News | May 11, 2018

Nixon Peabody’s pro bono solar panel project is featured in this trade publication for energy and environment professionals. Washington, DC tax credit finance and syndication senior counsel Herb Stevens is quoted and partner Jeff Lesk is mentioned.

What New Brunswick companies should know about New England’s building sector

Opportunities NB Blog | December 15, 2017

This Q&A features Boston M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Chris Keefe and recaps his presentation about doing business in the U.S. at Greenbuild, a conference focused on sustainable building and design.

Engie sparks off-grid light-bulb

Project Finance International | November 01, 2017

In an article on the expansion of off-grid solar power companies in Africa, Nixon Peabody is mentioned for advising PEG Africa in its $13.5M multi-currency syndicated loan.

Solar company PEG Africa secures $13.5m funding

Disrupt Africa | October 27, 2017

This article mentions Nixon Peabody for advising West African solar company PEG Africa on a multi-currency syndicated loan to develop solar energy and reliable electricity in the region.

Focusing on climate resiliency and adaptation in Mass

Law360 | September 27, 2017

Boston office managing partner and energy and environmental partner Ruth Silman authored this article about Massachusetts’ plans and strategies for addressing climate change.

SEIA releases new model PPA for C&I sector

Solar Industry Mag | August 31, 2017

Nixon Peabody is mentioned as one of the firms that contributed to the creation of the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) newly released model contract to encourage solar power development in the commercial and industrial sectors.

Nixon Peabody brings back the sun in DC

The National Law Journal | August 27, 2017

This article features the Washington, DC office’s solar program and mentions partners Jeff Lesk and Herb Stevens, who manage grants for the firm’s nonprofit New Partners Community Solar Corp.

What do I need to know about repowering a facility?

Novogradac & Company | August 04, 2017

Boston Tax Credit Finance & Syndication partner Forrest Milder authored this column about what to consider when using renewable energy tax credits when renovating a facility.

The current: What is ‘back leverage’ and what do I need to know about it?

Novogradac & Company | May 09, 2017

Boston tax credit finance and syndication partner Forrest Milder authored this column about the increasing use of back leverage in renewable energy tax credit projects and its implications.

NYPSC shakes up net metering projects in New York State

Law360 | April 28, 2017

Albany energy & environmental counsel Peter Trimarchi contributed this article about the New York Public Service Commission’s (PSC) order related to compensation for renewable energy projects involving the state’s electric distribution system.

Washington DC clean energy plan leads the way

Earthtalk | March 20, 2017

Chief Innovation Officer Herb Stevens is quoted in this story discussing how the firm helped implement the community solar project as part of the Clean Energy DC plan, which aims to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and energy use in half by 2032.

DC mayor proposing green bank to fund clean energy projects

NBC4 Washington | March 15, 2017

Washington DC office managing partner Jeff Lesk and chief innovation officer Herb Stevens were interviewed in this broadcast news segment about a green bank that could be created to help finance environmentally friendly projects similar to the solar panels installed on our DC office building.

Up on Nixon Peabodys roof

Tax Credit Advisor | March 01, 2017

Washington, DC office managing partner Jeff Lesk and chief innovation officer Herb Stevens are featured in this article about the Washington, DC office’s Community Solar project.

Nixon Peabody funds biggest CRE solar panel installation in DC

Bisnow | December 22, 2016

Washington DC office managing partner Jeff Lesk is quoted in this feature story about DC’s first large-scale downtown commercial Community Solar project on the roof of Nixon Peabody’s Washington DC office. This article focuses on the innovation and uniqueness of the NP Solar project. 

Persistent Energy Ghana raises $1.5 million to support distribution of solar home systems in Ghana

Tech Moran | November 01, 2016

This story is about Persistent Energy Ghana’s $1.5M debt round financing that will be used as capital to buy solar home systems for low-income households in Ghana. New York City public company transactions partners Dan McAvoy and Richa Naujoks, and Boston global finance partner Frank Hamblett are working on this matter.

A Better City’s power play

The Boston Globe | October 25, 2016

This article highlights an energy deal with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston Medical Center, and the Post Office Square Redevelopment Corporation. Boston office managing partner Ruth Silman is mentioned in the article for representing A Better City in facilitating this innovative solar power purchase agreement.

Allianz and Partners Mint ‘Game Changing' Wind Hedge

Power Finance and Risk | May 10, 2016

New York City Energy & Environmental partner Ellen Friedman is quoted in this article regarding Allianz Risk Transfer’s novel 10-year hedge product that will fund wind projects against the risk of intermittent wind resources.

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