Build-Transfer Agreement Fundamentals

Build-Transfer Agreement (BTA/BOT) Fundamentals

February 3-4, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

An important instrument for utilities as they pursue eventual and outright ownership of solar assets is a build-own-transfer agreement (BTA/BOT).  It is a “value meal” – an all-in-one approach that borrows elements of purchase and sale agreements with EPC agreements.  Under this transactional arrangement, a third party develops and constructs a renewable energy project and transfers it to the utility at a negotiated development or completion phase.

This course will present a clear picture of what utilities and project developers must weigh and negotiate to achieve a desirable outcome for both: the developer optimizes the role of packaging the project and bringing it to operating status, the utility acquires a long-term operating asset on which it can earn a satisfactory rate of return.  It will examine essential negotiating elements, timelines and outcomes from multiple transactional party perspectives.  And it will inform how desirable candidate scenarios can be optimized or undesirable candidate scenarios avoided.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will hear leading subject matter experts:

  • Review essential structuring elements of utility renewable energy build-transfer agreements (BTA/BOT)
  • Identify the renewable energy development timeline, risk points and implications that regulated utility entities must evaluate before determining whether to own these assets
  • Discuss and break down key BTA/BOT contract provisions and negotiations elements
  • Describe the process of utility positioning, timing and regulatory authorization to proceed
  • Define the distinctions between wind and solar project BTAs/BOTs
  • Examine BTA/BOT warranties and representations
  • Evaluate BTA/BOT project developer dimensions and decisions
  • Assess the level of utility project oversight, inspections, approvals and buyer step-in rights
  • Consider BTA/BOT transfer scenarios and timelines


Thursday, February 3, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Course Timing


9:00 – 9:20 a.m. :: Overview & Introductions 

9:20 a.m. – 10:45 p.m. :: Setting The BTA/BOT Transaction Context

  • Resource Procurement Options
  • PPA
    • Assuming TEI
    • 15 year tenor
    • Typical flip timing
    • Buyout clause
  • Utility Ownership at Outset
    • Self-develop
    • Purchase at NTP
  • BTA/BOT transactions
    • Utility BTA/BOT of cash equity shares @ NTP or COD
    • Implications for rate-basing
    • Risks
    • Current BTA Landscape
      • What states allow it
      • Utilities that deploy it

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. :: Morning Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: The Sponsor/Developer’s Role

  • Initial procurement process
  • Timeline
  • Structure
  • Working with the utility
  • Project development “toll” gates and milestones
  • Utility positioning, timing and regulatory authorization to proceed
  • Financial and economic dimensions
  • Distinctions between wind and solar projects

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:45 p.m. :: The EPC’s Perspective

  • Position in the transaction
  • Relative to utility
  • Relative to developer/sponsor
    • Contractual arrangements
    • Project oversight and involvement by utility
    • Commissioning and transfer

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:00 – 4:45 p.m. :: The Utility’s Role

  • Sourcing the Deal
  • Cementing the Team
  • Essential Structuring Elements
  • Negotiations
  • Tax Equity Matters
  • Lifecycle Costs and Considerations
  • Operations & Maintenance


Friday, February 4, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Course Timing

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Contractual Elements

  • Decision Elements
  • Finalizing Scope of Work, Specifications and Layout
  • Schedule and Deadlines
  • Conditions Precedent to NTP
  • Project Oversight, Inspections, Approvals and Buyer Step-In Rights
  • Supply Chain Issues and Cures
  • Financing
  • LD Rate and Structure
  • Buyer Termination Rights, Buyer Default and Build-Out Restrictions
  • Credit Support

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Contractual Elements (cont’d)

  • Warranties and Representations
  • Defining Completion
  • What’s a Closing?
  • Transfer Scenarios and Timelines
  • Post-completion Indemnification Liability

12:15 p.m. :: Course Adjournment


Richard Susalka, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Richard Susalka is a Projects partner.  He represents project developers, lenders and investors in a range of project-related financings (project-level, back-levered, development, mezzanine and receivables), as well as alternative debt and equity transactions in the energy sector. Richard also advises project developers and investors on joint venture arrangements, build-transfer arrangements, project documents and other development activities in the energy sector.  His transactional experience includes projects using solar, wind, energy storage, conventional power, petrochemical development, and other technologies. Prior to becoming partner, Richard completed extended assignments as acting in-house counsel at a NY-based private equity group, a NY-based international project developer, and a Dubai-based international project developer.

Russ Laplante, Senior Vice President – M&A and Project Finance, Savion, LLC

Russ Laplante is Senior Vice President of M&A and Project Finance at Savion, LLC, where he has served since 2019.   In that capacity, focuses in M&A, origination, diligence, development, power purchase agreements, financing, and operations of wind energy projects.  Before joining the firm, he was Vice President of Business Development at Tradewind Energy, Inc for three years.  Preceding that, he was Managing Director of Business Development, Onyx Renewable Partners LP, a renewable energy project development and investment platform backed by Blackstone Energy Partners.  He was also founding member and Vice President at OwnEnergy for nearly 8 years where he led development, contracting, and sale of renewable energy projects when the industry was in its nascent stage.  He started his career at Goldman Sachs as a Financial Analyst in its Private Wealth Management Group.

Adam Bernardi, Manager, Burns & McDonnell

Adam Bernardi is a Manager at Burns & McDonnell.  He has 15 years of experience in the power generation industry. He supports utilities and developers in the upfront development of renewable energy projects, from siting and commercialization strategies all the way through startup and commissioning. Before he started at the firm in 2017, he was Manager of Engineering Services at Luminant for about four years.   In the five years previous to that he was a Nuclear Senior Associate at Sargent & Lundy.

Christine Brozynski, Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Christine Brozynski is Senior Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP.  Her practice focuses on the financing and development of energy projects, including with respect to debt and tax equity financings, commodity hedging arrangements, acquisitions and project documentation.  She earned her undergraduate degree at Princeton University and her JD degree at Columbia Law School

Josh Dale, Managing Director – Project Finance Team, Rabobank

Josh Dale is Managing Director on the Project Finance team at Rabobank.  In that capacity, he focuses on structuring bespoke financial solutions and providing debt capital for renewable energy projects including wind, solar, energy storage, energy efficiency, fuel cells, and waste-to-energy, and leading deal teams from origination through deal underwriting and execution.  He has served at Rabobank in related executive positions since 2015.  Previous roles in project finance have include roles at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking, Seven Continents and Scotiabank.  He is a CFA Charterholder, holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and a BComm from McGill University.

Online Delivery

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