Land Lease Agreements for Renewable Energy Projects

Land Lease Agreements for Renewable Energy Projects

October 4, 2023 | Online :: Mountain Time

“This course packed in a substantial amount of information in an easily digestible format. I can confidently say that I’m leaving this course with an expanded knowledge base on real estate agreements in the renewable energy sector.” Real Estate & Right of Way Agent II

“As a renewable energy developer, this course was perfectly suited to my needs.  Real estate issues can make or break our projects, so all developers should be required to attend a training like this!” Real Estate Title & Survey Specialist, Clearway Energy Group LLC

“Best Renewable Energy Course out there for Agreements!!” Admin-Land Contract Community & Land Relations

All renewable energy projects rely on leases, easements and similar land rights that create the relationship between landowners and the developer and operator of projects.  This course focuses on typical renewable energy lease provisions in significant detail. 

From that focal point, we cover the leasing process and the various third parties who are also involved in the owner-developer leasing relationship:

  • title insurers
  • surveyors
  • government landowners
  • easement holders
  • investors and lenders
  • mineral right holders 

We also cover the common issues that arise in the leasing process, such as:

  • access rights
  • construction and removal of the improvements
  • concurrent uses 

All this analysis is within a practical context: what are the key issues for developers and landowners, and why are those issues central to each party.  One can only successfully negotiate a renewable energy lease if you understand the motivation of your counterparty.

The course instructors have experience representing both renewable energy developers and landowners, so the information provided to attendees takes “both sides” into consideration.

The course will provide relevant materials and be designed in a manner to encourage questions and interactions between instructors and attendees.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the basics of renewable energy development
  • Review why renewable energy leases differ from traditional real estate leases
  • Identify key landowner and project developer needs, tension points and potential resolutions
  • Navigate the leasing process and where it fits into the overall project development process
  • Recognize how to interact with third parties in the process
  • Build an overview of using various land control tools in different contexts
  • Assess how different development project stages create different land-related transactional needs


Wednesday, October 4, 2023 : Mountain Time

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Log In

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Course Timing


Welcome: Introduction/Background

  • Setting the stage: Intro to project development and project finance
  • A note about distributed generation projects

Overview of Types of Real Property Documents

  • Easements, licenses, and leases – differences, and does form matter?
  • Options
  • Leases
  • Easements
  • Licenses

Fundamental Land Lease Agreement Terms

  • A note about due diligence
  • Scope of permitted uses
  • Required easements and appurtenant rights
  • Non-interference covenants
  • Creating an insurable interest
  • Title and survey matters
  • Mineral rights matters
  • Term
    • Lifecycle of a project and lease terms (PPA/merchant market)
    • Development or option periods, operational periods, and termination rights
    • Subdivision considerations
  • Monetary terms and what goes on the land
    • Rent calculation alternatives and renewal term rents
    • Payments for specific activities: the project itself, transmission towers, substation, etc.
  • Easements and related needs for the project
    • Access
    • Transmission
    • Construction
    • Exclusive rights to the resource/severance of rights
    • Setbacks and waivers/overhang/noise
  • Concurrent uses and how a renewable energy project affects the land
    • Farming/ranching/hunting uses
      • Conservation Reserve Program and similar programs
      • Crop and animal damage
      • Concurrent uses – erosion and weeds
    • Taxes: who pays what, tax rollbacks
    • Decommissioning and removal, security and bonding
  • Assignment rights and financing provisions
    • Fee debt subordination and non-disturbance agreements
    • Liens and mortgages from owner and developer perspective
      • Mortgagee protection: cure rights, foreclosure and new agreement, estoppels and amendments
      • Mechanics liens
    • Title/insurance at financing
  • Permitting and Environmental
  • Various renewable energy project-specific provisions
    • Use of resources: water/caliche/gravel
    • Construction provisions
    • Events of default
    • Estoppels
    • Environmental matters
    • Confidentiality
    • Condemnation
    • Force majeure
  • Insurance and indemnification provisions

Additional Considerations: Who is your counterparty? 

  • Owner
    • Surface vs. mineral rights
    • Spousal consent/tenants in common
    • Government landowners
    • Easement holders
  • Developer
    • Developers/builders/offtakers
    • Developer experience
    • Creditworthiness
    • Assignment provisions and contexts
    • Third party users – utilities, shared facilities, etc.

Overview of Technologies

  • Fundamental differences between wind and solar projects
    • Layout and spacing
    • Concurrent and exclusive uses
  • Wind and solar installed capacities
  • General project development timeline
    • Predevelopment and site evaluation
      • Transmission and interconnection
    • Lease-up timeline
    • Permitting process
    • Construction timeline
  • Land control document types
  • Background statutory and zoning provisions and best practices


Eben Clark, Of Counsel, Holland & Hart

Eben has extensive experience in real estate matters across the Mountain West and nationally, working with developers, landowners and lenders on energy, telecommunications, and resort development projects.  Eben regularly counsels clients on energy and telecommunications infrastructure development and debt finance transactions.

Before joining Holland & Hart, Eben worked at an AmLaw 100 firm where he supported the firm’s Energy and Telecom Groups in Colorado, Texas, and across the country. Prior to that, Eben practiced in several Colorado resort communities, including Breckenridge, Aspen, and Steamboat Springs. While in Steamboat Springs, Eben served as Assistant County Attorney to Routt County, representing the County in a wide variety of land use, environmental and local government matters.

Jordan Bunch, Partner, Holland & Hart

Jordan represents clients in a wide range of complex real estate transactions including development, leasing, and land use.

Real Estate Development: Jordan represents clients in all aspects of real estate development including acquisition, land use, development and construction. Her clients are in a range of industries including commercial real estate, retail, home building, multifamily, resorts, and renewable energy among others. In addition to her real estate development experience, Jordan also advises clients on alcoholic beverage licensing matters and compliance with the Liquor Enforcement Division regulations.  

Leasing: Jordan represents clients in both ground and commercial leasing, including office and retail leasing, in addition to a special emphasis on renewable energy development and leasing.  


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


Land Lease Agreements for Renewable Energy Projects

October 4, 2023 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 995.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,980.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,965.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 11,940.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before September 01, 2023 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




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Requirements for Successful Completion of Program  

Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.  

Instructional Methods 

PowerPoint presentations, group discussions, as well as active participation will be utilized. 

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 9.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

  • In-house Counsel
  • Landowner Attorneys and Advisors
  • Renewable Energy Project Managers/Developers
  • Renewable Energy Land Assemblage Teams
  • Real Estate Attorneys