Alternative Energy

San Francisco Energy Law Attorney

Solar       Wind       Geothermal       Bio Fuels

Bay Area Renewable Energy Law Firm

Rinne Legal is a renewable energy boutique law firm specializing in this emerging area of law. We provide non-profits and companies with the tools to succeed in the renewable energy market focusing on affordable legal fees and cost-saving fee arrangements with our clients.

We advise solar, wind and geothermal providers and installers on market entry strategies, state and federal government regulations, subsidy programs, general business law including incorporation, commercial contracts and real estate matters. For more information visit our renewable energy blog.

As a boutique law firm we have cooperating law firms throughout the U.S. and Europe. Visit our Professional page on this website to find out more about our partners.

Applying for Incentives

The U.S. Government offers an array of often complicated incentive programs for customers installing solar, wind and or fuel cell systems. Rinne Legal assists its clients in identifying the correct program, provides advice in the incentive application process, and guides clients through other legal and regulatory challenges.

Sustainable Advocacy

What You should know

For Rinne Legal "sustainable advocacy“ is more than just an empty formula. We aspire to live up to our motto by putting an emphasis on practicing in the area of Alternative and Renewable Energy Law.

For the professionals at Rinne Legal, reasons for practicing in the alternative energy arena are manifold. First and foremost; we are passionate about helping to build a sustainable economy. We strongly believe that providing legal advice in environmental and renewable energy matters contributes greatly to this goal.

While renewable or alternative energy was, in large part, an unfamiliar term for the general public not too long ago, it has developed into a major industry. Worldwide concerns about global warming and national security on the one hand and the potential for sustainable economic growth on the other propelled the renewable energy sector into the spotlight.

The professionals working at Rinne Legal believe that everyone can help to create a sustainable environment by investing in the potential of renewable and alternative energy. We are convinced that by providing legal assistance to individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations, we can contribute to this important transition.

Whether you are a small- or medium-sized corporation that is seeking to realize a renewable energy or sustainability project, a project developer, an investor, a utility, an independent power producer and wholesaler, a non-profit organization in the renewable energy sector, or an individual that is looking to offset the on-site electricity demand with a renewable energy system, we can guide you through legal, regulatory, and other obstacles. Our strength is identifying the particular needs of each client and providing affordable legal advice.

Individuals & Nonprofits

We help individuals to find incentive programs to fund their on-site alternative energy generation system and guide them through the incentive application process. Non-profit organizations who share our vision will receive advice in all alternative energy and environmental law related matters. We intend to be part of the solution and are interested in establishing long-lasting relationships that are beneficial for all involved parties.


  • Siting
  • Permitting
  • Land Use Entitlement
  • Power Purchase Agreements

Small- or medium-size businesses can benefit from our expertise in entity formation and subsidiary structuring. Rinne Legal advises companies through all aspects of the development of a renewable energy project. We advise our clients with siting and permitting an alternative energy project and provide expert environmental, land use entitlement, and real estate guidance. For renewable energy sellers and purchasers we provide assistance with negotiating and drafting power purchase agreements.

While we focus on providing legal advice and counsel, we also want to educate our clients. The information on this website and on our Rinne Legal Alternative Energy Blog are meant for everyone who is interested in sharing our vision of a sustainable environment through sustainable advocacy.

The website provides an overview of Federal and California laws and regulations that address alternative and renewable energy issues. You will also find information about federal financial incentives and incentive programs in California on the local, state, and utility level.

Federal Laws, Regulations and Incentives

California Laws and Regulations

California Financial Incentive Programs