McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC has spearheaded legislation allowing local governments to make their facilities more energy efficient through innovative financing strategies. The firm has been involved in financing projects consisting of energy production, energy conservation, and renewable energy.

As the premier firm in the State focused on the development of long-term, sustainable projects, the firm brings unparalleled practical “know-how” and project guidance on complex transactions involving a range of sustainability goals, clean technologies and project financing methods.   From navigating local processes and regulatory issues, to management of environmental, land-use and real estate matters, to project finance, the firm excels at bringing multi-layered and complex sustainable development projects to successful completion.

The firm provides solution based legal advice and issue spotting for the expanding renewable energy and clean-tech market including solar, battery storage, electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.  Our firm ensures our clients fully appreciate and understand the State’s current incentives and financing options and assist in all aspects of the project, including coordination with utilities and grid operators and applications before the Board of Public Utilities. The firm also supports governments and businesses with climate change solutions, proactive and reactive resiliency measures and adaption investments that include affordable housing and environmental justice communities (i.e., reduction of NOx emissions).  Our attorneys have extensive experience with green building design (including LEED Certification), brownfield redevelopment, green infrastructure, environmental financing and storm-water management solutions.

Maximizing Value of Tax Breaks

We are experts in structuring the financing of alternative energy projects — solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal or co-generation. Our attorneys can help maximize the value of the various financial incentives associated with an energy-related project, such as federal tax credits, rebates, and renewable energy certificates (SREC) to name a few.

Our Experience

Our sustainable development, clean energy and resiliency experience includes:

  • Drafting Public Law 2009, Chapter 4, entitled, “Energy Savings Improvement Program,” effective January 21, 2009, authorizing local governmental units to undertake energy conservation measures by having energy savings pay for the design, installation and financing of improvements.
  • Assisting numerous New Jersey school districts with the financing of solar energy systems.
  • Structuring debt service aid from the State with the sale of solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) to offset cost of solar installations and create positive cash flow for school districts.
  • Representation of both public and private clients in the structuring and negotiating of Power Purchase Agreements (PPA).
  • Structuring and negotiating the financing and development of co-generation facilities.
  • Green infrastructure and water management financing, including for reduction of combined sewer outflows (CSOs), energy saving improvement plans and green redevelopment.
  • Green infrastructure ordinances and storm-water management planning.
  • Large-scale resiliency projects such as bulkhead improvements to reduce flooding and storm surges, beach replenishment and reconstruction and rehabilitation of buildings and spaces to achieve weather-resistant structures.
  • Redevelopment Plans that incorporate sustainable design, including green buildings, clean energy, transit-centers, affordable housing, bike and pedestrian pathways and flood prevention.

Contact Us

For more information about our Sustainable Development, Clean Energy and Resiliency practice, please contact Matthew D. Jessup or Tony Solimine at 973-622-1800.