Renewable Energy

The renewable energy lawyers at Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge draw upon the comprehensive legal experience of 80 attorneys in five offices spanning the state of Michigan. Our attorneys can serve the legal needs of anyone looking to take full advantage of the rapidly growing renewable energy industry in Michigan.

Our clients include land owners, governments, construction companies, utilities, equipment manufacturers, investors and project developers. We advise our clients on all phases of project structuring, development, and operation.

We are members of the American Wind Energy Association.  And with a thorough knowledge of the renewable energy industry in Michigan, as well as a strong general business and litigation practice, Smith Haughey can help any party at any phase in the renewable energy project achieve their goals.

  • From reviewing leases to forming a cooperative, our lawyers often counsel land owners as they venture into the wind energy arena.
  • We draft and review ownership agreements, project structuring, ground and equipment leasing, operation and maintenance agreements, and sales agreements.
  • We cover the gamut in real estate transactions, including financing, site acquisition, zoning, land use planning, permits needed for the construction of wind and solar farms including special use permits, rights-of-way grants, and greenfield and brownfield permits.
  • We advise concerning the formation of business entities, joint ventures, partnership agreements, and financing.
  • We advise on issues concerning insurance coverage.
  • We thoroughly understand the legal complexities arising from working with governments. We have substantial practical experience in applying them to real-world situations, such as with the development of wind and solar farms.
  • We provide a full and broad spectrum of litigation services, ranging from ordinary tort claims to complex commercial disputes.
  • We closely track proposed wind farm developments in Michigan and stay abreast of legal issues unique to each, including the issues surrounding proposed off-shore wind farm developments in Lake Michigan near Pentwater, and others on land in Mason and Oceana counties.


Name Title Office Phone VCard Email
Craig S. Neckers Attorney Grand Rapids 616.458.4251

Smith Haughey Publications for Renewable Energy

Type Date Title
Legal Alert 11/18/2009 Agri-Business Newsletter (November 2009)
Legal Alert 3/19/2009 Construction Law Update (Mar. '09)
Newsletter 11/6/2008 Legal Ease Fall 2008 Newsletter
Legal Alert 7/29/2008 Renewable Energy: Catching the Wind
Agribusiness Industry Team

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