17 May 2022

The summary

Burges Salmon’s Net Zero Services team has provided commercial legal advice and due diligence for the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Bowerhouse II Solar Limited from Hive Ethical Solar Portfolio 1 Limited by Kent County Council, via its wholly owned subsidiary Commercial Services Kent Limited (CSKL). Using our extensive experience advising clients in the renewable energy sector we ensured a smooth and timely completion of the deal.

CSKL is one of the largest, local authority owned, trading organisations of its kind in the UK. Since its inception over 70 years ago as the supplies division of Kent County Council, it has grown organically to become one of the leading suppliers of products and services to the public sector.

Hive is an experienced international developer and operator of solar photovoltaic projects, creating transformational change for a cleaner future by delivering world-class solar projects and smart solutions across the circular economy.

Why us?

Burges Salmon has a respected position as one of the leading local law firms advising on renewable energy projects and transactions. Our team was led by senior associate Danny Perera, along with renewable energy partners Ross Fairley and Camilla Usher-Clark. Acting for CSKL, we prepared and reviewed the commercial documentation for the acquisition.

Kane Stockwell, Net Zero Energy Supply Lead at Laser Energy, says: "We are delighted to see the acquisition of this solar project completed and a significant step taken towards Kent County Council's Net Zero ambition. We would like to thank the team at Burges Salmon; they filled us with confidence with their expertise and handling of the process - and they delivered the project in a professional and timely manner."

Danny Perera, senior associate at Burges Salmon comments: “The acquisition of this solar project by Kent County Council, via CSKL, is an exciting milestone for it in its drive for Net Zero – we are delighted to have been a part of that by offering our legal expertise across a multi-disciplinary team.”

The outcome

The Bowerhouse II Solar Farm has the capacity to have 39,312 solar panels and will provide 22,000 megawatt hours of green electricity to the grid a year. We have helped Kent County Council, via CSKL to achieve a landmark acquisition that will deliver significant benefits to the local low carbon economy and environment. The 38 hectare (94 acre) solar farm will massively reduce carbon emissions whilst saving energy costs for Kent County Council.

Key contact

Cheryl Parkhouse

Cheryl Parkhouse Senior Associate

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