Orrick advised Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. in the sale of the 102 MW Lamesa solar project to Southern Renewable Energy, Inc., a subsidiary of Southern Power Company.
RES, which provides development, engineering, construction and operation services to renewable energy, energy storage and transmission markets across the Americas, co-developed the Lamesa project with the originating developer, BNB Renewable Energy Holdings. RES will construct and serve as the operations and maintenance contractor for the facility, which is located on 887 acres in Dawson County, Texas, and expected to consist of 410,000 photovoltaic solar panels.
Construction activities are set to begin in July, and the facility is expected to be commercially operational by mid-year 2017. Once operational, the facility is expected to be capable of generating enough electricity to help meet the energy needs of approximately 26,000 U.S. homes.
The Orrick team was led by Giji John and included Lisa Magged and Andrea Memovic, with assistance from Darrell Thomas (real property), Jason Flaherty (employee benefits/ERISA), Adam Wenner (energy regulatory), Alan Knoll, Bob Lawrence and Zach Huey (environmental), and Wolf Pohl (tax).