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Eversheds has advised Forest Heath District Council in relation to its conditional acquisition of a 12.4MW solar farm in Lakenheath, Suffolk

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  • United Kingdom

    23-08-2016

    The acquisition marks the beginning of Forest Heath District Council’s ownership of the largest public authority owned solar farm in the UK. It will play a major part in delivering Forest Heath District Council with an annual income stream which will contribute significantly towards the cost of the day-to-day services that Forest Heath District Council delivers to its communities.

    The Eversheds team was led by corporate partner Charles Reynard and included legal director Ross Campbell (construction), principal associate Tim London (public sector), senior associates James Shawe (real estate) and Clare Keates (commercial), and associates Philip Barratt and Helen A’Bear (corporate).

    The Eversheds team advised Forest Heath District Council in relation to detailed grid, regulatory and procurement advice in addition to deploying construction, real estate and corporate specialists.

    Charles Reynard commented:

    “It has been a real pleasure seeing the successful conclusion of a renewable energy project that Rachael Mann and her colleagues at Forest Heath District Council had the vision to decide to implement some 14 months ago. We have developed a close working relationship with Rachael and her team and we are delighted to have contributed to this successful outcome."

    Rachael Mann at Forest Heath District Council commented:

    “This was a significant and complicated transaction for the Council to undertake and is one of the first investments that the Council has completed with the objective of generating income to pay for services in the future. This was a true team effort from the moment Charles and his colleagues were aligned with the Council’s vision, and we are very grateful to Charles, Philip and the team at Eversheds for their invaluable advice and support throughout this transaction.”

     

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