Energy & natural resources sector
These include the sale of energy-assets by the Irish Government, the ongoing move toward renewable energy in order to reduce dependency on fossil fuel imports for power generation, EU unbundling requirements, Ireland’s 2020 renewables commitments and the implementation of the European Target Model Market.
Energy & Natural Resources Group
Over the past two decades we have established a reputation as one of the leading Irish law firms advising on renewable energy projects, particularly wind farm developments.
Our award winning energy & natural resources group has extensive experience representing developers, funders and investors in a wide variety of energy projects, with a combined generation capacity of almost 1GW to date.
We pride ourselves on being able to provide practical, cost efficient and solutions-driven advice from the feasibility stage right through to planning, financing and ultimate construction of the project.
- Project finance and construction of energy projects
- Purchase and sale of wind farms and other energy projects
- Drafting and negotiating all related property documentation – including: wind leases, solar leases, wayleaves for grid connection
- Planning law advice to include advising on planning appeals, Section 5 Declarations, EIA, NIA, modifications to existing planning permissions and Judicial Reviews
- Advice on REFIT and negotiation of power purchase agreements, including market change provisions and “supplier-lite” structures
- Energy regulation, to include advising on I-SEM and other upcoming changes in the Irish energy market;
- Negotiating turbine supply agreements, operation and maintenance agreements, civil and electrical balance of plant contracts
- EIIS and other funding arrangements for energy projects
- Solar, Bioenergy, CHP and auto-production projects
As owner’s legal advisor on Milestone, Castlewaller, Clogheravaddy and Sheskin Wind Farms
As lender’s legal advisor on Carrownaweelaun, Kilmeedy and Crockbrack Hill Wind Farms
On the development of a 200MW solar PV project in Libya
As lender’s legal advisor on Gurteen Wind Farm
As lender’s legal advisor on the refinance of Crockbrack Hill Wind Farm
Grange Backup Power
On the development of a 115MW electricity power station in Grange Castle, Co. Dublin
On its Power Purchase Agreements and other contracts in Ireland
On the sale of its operational 25.3MW Taurbeg Wind Farm in County Cork to the Renewable Infrastructure Group
On an equity investment by ESB
BNRG (and other Solar PV developers)
On the drafting and negotiation of lease options and lease agreements for proposed large scale ground mounted solar farm developments in Ireland
The team is extremely well organised and well integrated with other departments across the firm. Ainsley Heffernan, along with his team, has a unique and in-depth understanding of both the corporate as well as renewable sectors. He manages work flows in an extremely efficient and transparent manner.
What sets them apart from other firms we have dealt with in the past is the efficiency of the solutions provided; issues are closed out in a concise, commercial and effective way with no unnecessary fuss.
Strong energy sector experience. Practical hands on advice. Ainsley Heffernan is very knowledgeable and user friendly.
The depth of knowledge from the Beauchamps energy team is very impressive. They have expertise across a number of areas including property, planning law, construction and project finance. The difference is they are able to draw upon this expertise from within the energy team, rather than having to pull in lawyers from other departments across the firm. In my view this leads to a more seamless service.
Ainsley and his team has successfully brought us through two wind farm financings over the past two years and have consistently shown a great ability to overcome tricky issues that arise during the due diligence period.
It's difficult to mention a certain main strength, as we get the feeling that Beauchamps has an excellent understanding of all areas of our business.
very experienced in renewable energy
They have a deep understanding of the industry that goes beyond purely legal issues, and an understanding of the commercial challenges.
Clearly understood our requirements and were instrumental in devising solutions to get us there.
Proactive and client-friendly.
Beauchamps ‘renewable energy specialists have significant industry insight.’
Beauchamps handled the task in a prompt manner. Their main strength was their knowledge and experience of the small wind farm sector.
A solid, technically proficient team that is always abreast of market developments.
These lawyers have their finger on the pulse of the wind energy sector.
In-depth knowledge of the renewables market" and team head Ainsley Heffernan provides "practical solutions.
Their ability to bridge the gap between good business and good legal practice sets them apart from the competition.