Lows have extensive experience in renewable energy. Scotland generally and Orkney specifically are seen as having enormous potential in wind, wave and tidal generation. Orkney is home to the European Marine Energy Centre who are now leading the world in installation and testing of prototype wave and tidal devices in the waters off Orkney. Wind generation, particularly on-shore wind generation, is now seen as an increasingly mature technology and the Scottish Government have indicated commitment to continue to have wind generation at the forefront of ambitious plans for Scotland to move towards generating the bulk of its energy needs from renewable sources.
Lows act for landowners, developers and community based groups looking to exploit renewable opportunities. We have particular experience in lottery-funded community wind turbine projects and act for community groups in Orkney and further afield in helping to deliver community energy projects which will bring tangible benefits to remote and peripheral communities for generations to come.
We can advise on establishing special project vehicles and/or joint ventures and can advise existing businesses who are looking to diversify into renewable generation.
We can advise on siting and planning aspects and can assist in representation in planning hearings and appeals.
Lows have extensive experience in land issues relating to renewable development and can advise on land options, leases, outright acquisition, joint venture structures and sale/purchase of existing facilities. We also deal with land issues relating to wayleaves and services for construction and decommissioning and for connection to the grid. We are experienced in dealing with the requirements of the major banks willing to fund renewable projects and can assist developer clients in liaising fully with financiers and/or legal agents acting for financiers to ensure that project finance is properly secured and introduced into development projects. We have established connections with accountancy practices both locally and more widely, land agents and specialist insurance brokers and can help clients avail themselves of specialist expertise to compliment our legal services where required.
Our tax manager Ian Stout advises on tax efficient structures available for landowners and developers.
The advice of our estate planning solicitors can be invaluable in ensuring that where agricultural businesses wish to take advantage of opportunities available in renewable generation proper plans are put in place to ensure what are usually long term projects can be secured to benefit not only current business principals but future generations.
Our independent financial adviser Robert Adamson can advise on sources of funding available for smaller scale renewable projects including equity release and sources of business funding.
There are many predictions that the renewable sector in Orkney will continue to grow in coming years and increasingly businesses will look to establish a presence in Orkney. At Lows we can provide a comprehensive advice service to businesses seeking to relocate to Orkney or to establish a base including joint ventures, property acquisition, employee relocation and on employment and commercial contract matters.
Whilst our expertise in renewable energy is largely shared throughout the practice the renewables team is currently headed up by Alistair Bruce and David Fairnie at director level ably assisted by our associate Catherine Smith.