Leading commercial lawyers Warners have launched a new division to serve the legal needs of the rapidly growing energy sector in Scotland.
The creation of Ennova Renewable Energy Law comes as Warners Commercial has seen demand for its specialist ‘green’ services grow – the division is currently involved in a range of renewables projects for clients that will potentially provide a combined output of in excess of 500 megawatts of power.(*see note at end)
The firm is predicting the success of Ennova will see the renewable energy sector account for a significant part of Warners Commercial business in the next 12 months.
Ennova will offer a Partner-led service, with the division comprising three partners – Bill Gibson, Ross Kennedy and John Cumming – a consultant, two solicitors and support staff, as well as the scope to draw on other expertise in Warners Commercial.
Bill Gibson said: “Ennova aims to provide key support and advice to anyone with an interest in the renewables sector, whether that’s a landowner, investor, funder, utility service provider, developer, local authority or government body.
“While the creation of the Ennova brand is new, the reality is that we have been working in the renewables market for a number of years.
“Many of our clients have been among the first early adopters of renewable energy projects. That’s meant we have been growing our knowledge of the often complex and comprehensive legal aspects of the sector for a considerable time.
“Warners Commercial also enjoys a well established commercial law practice which allows it to be superbly positioned to progress the technical scope of renewables projects.”
Ennova, which now co-ordinates Warners Commercial’s established experience in wind, water, solar, waste and biomass energy production, offers legal advice on renewable and energy law, particularly land options and leases to secure land options, land development diligence, planning, utility contract negotiations and power agreements, funding, construction and project management.
Ennova is also able to link in with professionals and consultants from other disciplines supporting the energy sector, such as surveying and specialist energy consultancies, banking and private finance planning, to ensure the successful delivery of a project.
Ennova is currently working with a number of parties in investigating and progressing land option agreements for renewable projects at sites across Scotland.
Bill Gibson added: “With both tight local government renewable energy targets and utility providers being encouraged to adopt renewable energy, the sector can only go in one direction.”
Note: *The 140 turbine Whitelee Wind Farm in Renfrewshire, Europe’s biggest, produces 322 megawatts.