Over the last 30 years we have increasingly seen the involvement of the owners of all types of rural land – farms, forests and estates – in renewable energy projects.

Scotland’s long-term climate change targets, with the ultimate goal of a completely decarbonised energy system by 2050, have seen an increase in the scale, complexity and diversification of technologies throughout the renewables sector.  We have experience of advising on all types of renewables technology, including onshore and offshore wind, solar, battery storage, synchronous condenser, biomass, and hydro projects.

Shepherd and Wedderburn's experienced rural lawyers can provide advice to developers and landowners alike on all aspects of renewables development.

Our expertise includes:

  • Option and Lease negotiations
  • Completing the due diligence process
  • Variations to existing agreements to account for the re-powering or expansion of existing projects
  • Providing guidance on the interaction of a renewables development with pre-existing farming and forestry businesses
  • Resolution of disputes

We also work closely with our infrastructure, planning, regulatory and corporate teams to advise on:

  • Procurement
  • Funders due diligence
  • Environmental and planning issues
  • Regulatory and aviation issues
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Structuring and re-structuring of projects

This combination of forestry and carbon knowledge and commercial insight means we are perfectly positioned to guide you on specialist issues like compensatory planting arrangements and the interaction of carbon credits with renewables developments.