Allens assists Meridian to switch on wind farm
4 September 2012
Allens has advised renewable energy company Meridian Energy Australia (Meridian) on the development of the Mt Mercer Wind Farm, which will commence construction in December.
Located near Ballarat in Victoria, the 64 turbine, 131 megawatt wind farm will provide enough renewable energy to power the entire area of Ballarat.
According to Partner Anna Collyer, who led the Allens team on the transaction, the firm advised Meridian on all aspects of the development, including grid connection, construction agreements, permits and land issues.
'It was pleasing to assist Meridian with this matter, at a time when most developers are finding it difficult to get wind farm projects across the line,' Ms Collyer said.
'The project will deliver benefits to the local community and, more broadly, contribute to Australia's objective of having 20 per cent of energy needs delivered by renewable sources by 2020.'
Aside from establishing the Mt Mercer Wind Farm, Ms Collyer said that Allens has worked with Meridian in relation to the Mt Millar Wind Farm and Meridian's interest in the Macarthur Wind Farm, which, at 420 megawatts, will be the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere.
Meridian's Australian Chief Executive, Ben Burge, said that Meridian is always looking to configure its projects to make a positive contribution to the market as a whole.
'Allens understands what this means for legal strategy and they are an important part of our team,' Mr Burge said.
|Allens legal team||Anna Collyer (Partner – Melbourne), Michael Graves (Partner – Melbourne), Chris Schulz (Partner – Melbourne), Meg Lee (Special Counsel – Melbourne), Stephen Natoli (Senior Associate – Melbourne), Sarah Danne (Senior Associate – Melbourne), Mariaan de Beer (Senior Associate – Melbourne)|
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Allens is a commercial law firm working throughout Australia and Asia. Through its integrated alliance with Linklaters it provides clients access to 36 offices in 27 countries around the world.