The Renewable Energy practice group is dedicated to assisting clients navigate the growing, overlapping, and often confusing array of government and private sector initiatives and incentives aimed at increasing the use of renewable energy and sustainable consumption. Supported by the Firm’s real estate, zoning and land use, and corporate and litigation practices, key partners in the group are Andrew Curto, Joseph Cuomo, Brian Sahn, and Andrea Tsoukalas Curto. They will collectively advise clients of the available resources and then quarterback the myriad of issues that arise including the management of corporate agreements, procurement contracts and real property concerns, oversee indemnification and insurance matters and review any land use or municipal compliance issues for sites implementing such technologies. Apropos to this initiative, Governor Cuomo recently launched a $5 billion Clean Energy Fund(the“Fund”) to grow New York’s clean energy economy. The Fund, which will be administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority(“NYSERDA”), will advance renewable energy, such as combined heat and power(“CHP”), solar, wind, energy efficiency, and other clean tech industries to boost economic development and reduce harmful emissions. The Fund provides generous incentives, such as rebates and tax breaks, for the installation of clean energy systems.
The Renewable Energy practice group has and will assist clients in determining what incentives are available and how to access them. The practice group will cover various disciplines: such as bringing to the forefront sound procurement practices to obtain such technologies and negotiating contracts from vendors of such technologies; reviewing land use approvals that may be necessary to implement such technologies; looking at tax incentives and other development-oriented benefits available; and promoting a more sustainable environment for our clients and their business enterprises and employees.