Renewable Energy

California is home to some of the world’s most innovative alternative energy solutions. Many law firms are attempting to gain a piece of that business, but a vibrant and successful renewable energy practice requires a law firm like ours.

A law firm with particular expertise in a variety of practice areas, including real estate and land use, construction, tax, corporate and business transactions, intellectual property, and litigation. That's why, as opportunities have developed over the last several years in renewable energy and green technologies, companies taking advantage of those opportunities have wanted the Coblentz firm by their side as they navigate the often complex regulatory environment that governs many aspects of the field.

At Coblentz, we’re proud to work with both entrepreneurs breaking new ground in this rapidly evolving area, as well as with existing businesses who seek to incorporate green principles and technologies into their ventures and products. Bringing together experienced attorneys from a variety of our firm’s practices, we advise companies on green building, renewable energy development, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance, project finance and tax, and policy formation and advocacy.

We share our clients' belief that successful business depends on a healthy environment. Our firm is certified as a "green business" by the Bay Area Green Business Program and our attorneys and staff are committed to incorporating environmental stewardship into our business practices.

Case Studies

Solazyme, Inc....

Solazyme, Inc. is a renewable oil production company and the leader in algal synthetic biology. Coblentz served as legal counsel for Solazyme in its $57 million Series C round of financing, which included investors Braemar Energy Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners,...

Transbay Cable/Babcock and Brown...

Coblentz was retained to provide advice regarding CEQA analysis and land use approvals for Transbay Cable, the $450 million, 400-megawatt energy transmission project. Running under the San Francisco Bay, the cable provides a dedicated connection between San Francisco and...

McEvoy Ranch...

Coblentz served as lead counsel with respect to equipment acquisition and land use approvals from the County of Marin for a wind conversion system (turbine) on behalf of Nan Tucker McEvoy and the McEvoy Ranch. The wind turbine generates a significant portion of the...

A major utilities company...

Coblentz acts as lead outside real estate counsel to a major utilities company, which, over the past several years, has included representation of the utility in its acquisition of numerous sites for solar installations.

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New Markets Tax Credits...

Since the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program’s inception, our practitioners have been involved in major NMTC projects that have benefited at-risk communities. 

Craft3 is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution lender with a mission to...

California Academy of Sciences...

Coblentz is lead counsel for the California Academy of Sciences, handling its real estate, development, finance, intellectual property and litigation matters. The Academy, in Golden Gate Park, is a more than 300,000 square foot museum, aquarium, planetarium, associated...