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Solar Leases: Legal, Business, and Practical Considerations


Understand the nuts and bolts of solar energy projects and how to best craft deal documents that work for all parties involved.

The solar energy industry in the United States has been growing steadily and is here to stay. Ambitious renewable energy mandates have become an integral part of federal and state government policies. More people in the United States are employed in solar electricity generation than the generation of electricity by coal, oil, and gas combined. The leasing of land, rooftops, and parking lots has become a popular source of revenue for property owners and is critical in achieving federal and state renewable energy mandates. In addition, anyone that consumes electricity, or has the capital to invest, can benefit from a solar energy project.

Professionals negotiating solar leases and related documents must take into account important and varied legal and business considerations. Parties must consider whether a lease, license, or easement is the proper vehicle for their specific project. Once the proper vehicle is chosen, the parties must weigh the competing interests of the various stakeholders regarding issues such as casualty, assignment rights, maintenance, indemnifications, taxes, routine guarantees, and insurance, to name a few. Careful crafting of the deal documents is critical to ensure the parties are getting the deal they expected.

This material will explain the nuts and bolts of a solar energy project and how to best craft deal documents that work for all parties involved. The program will examine various project structures and explore practical considerations for investors, developers, lenders, site hosts, and governmental entities involved in solar energy projects. If you are about to embark on a solar energy project, or if you are currently involved in structuring or implementing a solar project, you will benefit from the insight and practical advice provided in this program.



Stephen A. Kisker

Stephen A. Kisker

Chiesa, Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

  • Member of the firm of Chiesa, Shahinian & Giantomasi PC and chair of the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Group
  • General Counsel of the New Jersey Solar Energy Coalition
  • Represented various property owners and solar developers in connection with projects totaling more than 200 MW in both the private and public sectors
  • Counsels property owners in the sale of properties with existing solar facilities
  • Admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut
  • Frequent speaker at seminars, webinars, and trade conferences
  • Wrote numerous published articles on solar energy issues
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  • Can be contacted at [email protected]

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