Clean Energy Project Development and Finance


Course Code:
LAW 2509
Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail


(Formerly Law 774) This case study-oriented course will focus on the critical skills needed to evaluate, develop, finance (on a non-recourse basis), and complete standalone utility-scale energy and infrastructure projects. The primary course materials will be documents from several representative projects – e.g. solar, wind, storage, and carbon capture – covering key areas including market and feasibility studies, environmental permitting and regulatory decisions, financial disclosure from bank and bond transactions, and construction, input, and offtake contracts. Documents from executed transactions are highly customized. By taking a forensic and cross-disciplinary approach, looking at several different deals, we can learn how project developers, financiers, and lawyers work to get deals over the finish line that meet the demands of the market, the requirements of the law, and (sometimes) broader societal goals, in particular climate change, economic competitiveness, and energy security. Elements used in grading: Class Participation (35 %), Lecture-based Assignment (15 %), Group Project (50 %). Absences affect grade. Also open to engineering graduate students. Cross-listed with Graduate School of Business (GSBGEN 335).

Future Offerings

2016-2017 Winter

Past Offerings

2015-2016 Winter

2014-2015 Winter

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