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Investing in Renewables

Vinson & Elkins counsels some of the pre-eminent and longest standing investors in clean and renewable energy in their most complex investments. As the world’s leading energy law firm*, V&E has been a leader in renewable and sustainable energy since the beginning.

Our team is helping forge the energy evolution by assisting clients in their investments in the evolving energy mix, including solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, renewable fuels, biofuels, biomass, waste-to-energy, energy storage, fuel cells, smart grid applications, electric vehicles and other cutting-edge technologies. Ranked as a “Band 1” law firm by Chambers USA in Projects: Power & Renewables (Transactional) 2019-2020,  V&E’s Clean and Renewable Energy practice advises on the full life cycle of a transaction, from the initial investment in renewable and sustainable energy assets to the later disposition, and finance, tax, regulatory, environmental, real estate and labor advice along the way. As global investments in clean energy sources rise, V&E will be there, as we have always been, empowering clients to achieve their missions.

*Based on the number of lawyers named in The Energy and Environment Expert Guide – Euromoney, 1995 – Present

Experience Highlights

  • Goldman Sachs’ Alternative Energy Investing Group in the formation of a joint venture with TELOS Clean Energy to develop, construct, own, and operate distributed solar power projects

  • Global Atlantic in its acquisition of two utility scale solar projects in West Texas (250 MW) from a major developer

  • Takkion Holdings, a subsidiary of funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, in connection with the acquisition of a majority interest in Transportation Partners & Logistics, a leading provider of logistics, transportation, and supply chain management solutions serving renewable energy and industrial markets

  • Goldman Sachs Renewable Power Fund in its acquisition of 100% of the membership interests of four project companies developing a 50 MW solar generation facility to provide power to an Ivy League University

  • Goldman Sachs Renewable Power Fund in the $350 million acquisition from Marina Energy, a subsidiary of Southern Jersey Industries, of its solar portfolio comprised of 76 distributed solar energy projects with total capacity of 204 MW

  • Global Atlantic Financial Group in the $1.175 billion acquisition from Southern Power of a 33 percent minority interest in its solar portfolio (comprised of 26 operating solar facilities representing approximately 1.7 gigawatts of capacity)

  • The Carlyle Group’s Renewable and Sustainable Energy Fund on a range of transactional matters, including in the formation of a joint venture with Alchemy Renewable Energy, LLC (ARE), a renewable energy developer and tax equity arranger

  • Goldman Sachs Renewable Power Fund in its acquisition of a 142 MW portfolio of solar power generation assets from a subsidiary of Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation

  • Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets in the approximately $176 million acquisition of various renewable power portfolios in Mexico 

  • Sixth Street Partners in virtually all of its renewable energy investments, including multiple acquisitions of wind and solar assets, and related financings

  • Clean Line Energy Partners,  a developer of renewable energy transmission projects, in the $50 million equity investment in the company by Bluescape Resources 

  • Riverstone Holdings in the acquisition by SunEdison of a 50% ownership stake in Silver Ridge Power, a Riverstone Holdings portfolio company and owner of solar power plant operating projects and a developing solar power facility

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