Harper Macleod helps wind farm development on national forest estate

Our Public Sector and Energy teams, both winners at the 2011 Scottish Legal Awards, have helped the Forestry Commission Scotland to finalise arrangements with four developers in a pioneering move which could substantially help Scotland meet its Renewable Energy targets and generate an annual windfall of £2.5 million for local communities. FCS will work in partnership with the developers to explore the potential for some 500MW of additional wind capacity to be developed on the national forest estate.

The two teams, led by Partners James McMorrow and David Bone, with assistance from Business Advisory Partner, Tom Thomas, provided dedicated advice and support to FCS’s in-house procurement and renewable energy teams, including coordinating all stages of the procurement process, advising on a wide range of commercial and regulatory issues and drafting bespoke legal documentation regulating the relationship between FCS and the successful developers.

David, who created the first large-scale wind farm documentation in 1993, which is still used as an industry standard today, also used his years of renewables experience to give advice on the current marketplace for wind power.

David commented: “It has been a fantastic year for our Public Sector and Energy teams, rewarded with their wins at the Scottish Legal Awards, and these transactions for FCS have been a big part of that work. It will take many years to bring all the potential projects to fruition and we look forward to being involved during that process.”

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