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Kirsten brings a wealth of industry-specific knowledge to renewable energy clients engaged in corporate transactions and project development.

Kirsten advises clients in the renewable energy industry on a variety of general corporate matters and wind and solar project development challenges. She is skilled at managing due diligence reviews of wind and solar projects; negotiating and drafting lease, option, and easement agreements; reviewing and revising purchase and sale agreements and disclosure schedules; and coordinating title curative efforts, including reviewing surveys and drafting encroachment agreements. Kirsten is deeply involved in the industry and conversant with the applicable state and federal regulatory regime that governs renewable energy. She enjoys getting the tough assignments and routinely researches and analyzes complex issues to determine the best approach to regulatory compliance, while keeping her clients’ goals and objectives top of mind.

The renewable energy industry is growing rapidly but it faces several challenges, including ever-increasing competition amongst developers for rights to the same land. This creates a race between developers to encumber project land.

Negotiating and executing a lease is normally more time-consuming than recording it, but recording the lease agreement (or other applicable real estate instrument) is not a step that should be overlooked or delayed. A lease is effectively meaningless to anyone not a party to it until it has been recorded in the public records of the county in which the leased property is located. Once the lease, or evidence of the lease, has been recorded, everyone not a party to it is put on notice and any agreement encumbering the leased land after that date is typically subordinate to the lease.