As a source of financial security, renewable energy projects in Australia are an attractive proposition for many South Australian landowners and farmers.
But when it’s your land (and livelihood) on the line, it’s important to know your rights and responsibilities under a renewable energy agreement before signing onto the project.
From green hydrogen facilities to solar or wind farm feasibility agreements, our team of renewable energy lawyers in Adelaide and regional South Australia are here to provide specialised advice you can trust.
We'll help you understand the law – and your rights.
If you’re a landowner who’s considering a renewable energy agreement, our team of renewable energy lawyers in Adelaide and regional South Australia can provide expert renewable energy law advice to make sure it’s negotiated as fairly as possible.
We can help you consider:
If you’re being offered a renewable energy project in Australia or the option to allow another company to investigate a project
The rate you’re being offered during the option term, as well as once the operation commences
Who is offering to start the project and what their history is
Any additional obligations that may be placed on you in terms of your other land or the management of your land during the investigation phase, as well as once the project is approved
In addition to providing expert advice on renewable energy law, we can also work with your accountants and financial advisors to consider the possible land ownership taxation structure and make sure you take advantage of any income growth.
Our team is also experienced in identifying potential structuring issues to make sure any income associated with the project is as tax effective for you as possible.
Our renewable energy lawyers in Adelaide and regional South Australia can also assess the proposed safeguards relating to a project’s impact on your farming or other activities. This includes:
Vegetation and weed control
Access to your land, noise, fencing or other controls
Where the agreement is an option, how long the option lasts, and what rights they have to renew it
Restrictions relating to leasing your land, transferring your land, or otherwise dealing with your land
Restrictions on planting trees, constructing sheds or similar during the period that the option or lease is over the title
Obligations at the end of the lease to remediate and any remediation risks
Payment of increased rates and taxes
Renewable energy projects can be low-stress revenue streams for farmers to earn regular income through good years and bad ones. To make the decision process easier, we’ve spelled out what farmers need to know before signing a solar or wind farm lease agreement.