With the demand on existing energy resources and the availability of space in rural locations, energy generation is an ever more popular income stream for rural businesses.

On any project it is essential to seek advice from specialist energy lawyers with knowledge and experience of the increasingly complex aspects which are specific to rural businesses.

Our team has a clear understanding of the concerns of rural businesses in entering in to these long term projects, including how they may affect the continued operation of adjoining land and continued availability of Environmental Schemes and other payments not to mention expertise in understanding the nuances of rural land occupation and how to unlock vacant possession.

Our energy lawyers have a longstanding track record in serving rural businesses. We recognise that there is a need to ensure that any energy project not only fits the business needs but also fits with any ongoing/linked business and also, in a lot of cases the family home.

We are able to call upon the expertise of wide range of disciplines within Ashtons Legal to provide a flexible and creative approach to transactions both in a practical and commercial manner. We also recognise that is it important to give advice in conjunction with other professional advisers to provide clear, practical and informed advice. By fostering good relations with agents, accountants, banks and other professionals we are able to facilitate clear and successful solutions.

Our energy lawyers have acted on a wide range of energy projects including large scale biomass power facilities, large scale solar farms, wind, hydro, gas to grid and anaerobic digestion projects along with smaller scale projects for the single turbines and roof top solar projects for landowners and occupiers as well as funders and developers.

Each project has provided its own complications and the key is for us to identify for you any potential issues at an early stage to provide solutions. We are also able to use our expertise to highlight possible added value to projects, such as consideration of ransom strips.

This has resulted in us dealing with the drafting of a number of bespoke agreement to suit the specific projects including:

  • Options
  • Leases
  • Feedstock Agreements
  • Digestate Agreements
  • Services Agreements
  • Property restructures
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Deeds of Grant/ Wayleaves
  • Novation Agreements
  • Supply Contracts
  • Grid Sharing Agreements
  • Substation Leases
  • Warranty Deeds
  • Construction Contracts.


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