Lisa Chavarria has been a partner in the firm’s Renewable Energy, Energy Storage, Natural Resources and the Environment and Commercial Real Estate practice groups since 2009 and a name partner since 2014. Her practice focuses on the real estate aspects of utility scale wind, solar and energy storage transactions. Lisa has worked on renewable energy projects throughout the United States including currently operating projects located in California, Illinois, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas. She specializes in assisting clients in all aspects of project development and operation including the drafting and negotiation of leases, purchase and sale agreements and the resolution of issues presented by severed estates. She also routinely helps clients navigate key transaction documents such as construction loan financing agreements, equity capital contribution agreements, and membership interest purchase agreements and issues enforceability opinion letters to support the closing of project transactions. Her experience includes the representation of wind and energy storage generators in regulatory matters before the Texas Public Utility Commission. Lisa has provided testimony to the Texas Legislature regarding proposed wind energy legislation. Prior to joining Stahl, Davies, Sewell, Chavarria & Friend, LLP, she represented oil and gas producers before the Texas Railroad Commission and in State Court.
In March 2019 Lisa was appointed by Mayor Steve Adler to the Resource Management Commission for the City of Austin. Lisa co-authored the first Texas legal article on the topic of wind power and wind energy leases and has written extensively on related topics including the severance of wind rights. She served as a Chair of The University of Texas School of Law’s Renewable Energy Institute from 2007-2013. From 2007-2010 she was an officer of the Oil, Gas and Energy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and is a founding member of the Austin Texas chapter of Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (formerly Women of Wind Energy).
Lisa is only licensed to practice law in Texas. She received her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law where she also studied law at Queen Mary University in London, England and was a member of the Texas Journal of Women and the Law. She earned a degree in Government from The University of Texas at Austin.
- Represented owner in the financing of a 232 MWDC solar project with an associated 90 MW battery energy storage facility located in Clark County, Nevada.
- Represented owner in the installation of 60 MWAC battery energy facility in an existing solar project located in Monterey County, California.
- Represented tax equity investor in 270 MWDC ground-mounted solar photovoltaic generating facility located in Dimmit County, Texas.
- Represented buyer in connection with the acquisition of a 115 MWDC solar project located in Kern County, California.
- Represented lender in financing of a 200 MWDC solar project located in Pecos County, Texas.
- Represented tax equity investor in 149 MWAC wind project located in Val Verde County, Texas.
- Represented seller in connection with sale of 230 MWAC wind project located in Parmer County, Texas.
- Represented buyer in connection with the acquisition of two solar projects totaling 200 MWAC located in Kern County, California.
- Lead real estate counsel representing renewable energy developer in construction loan and/or tax equity closings for:
- 300 MWAC wind project located in Crockett County, Texas;
- 328 MWDC solar project located in Imperial County, California;
- 130 MWAC solar project located in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, California;
- 236 MWAC solar project located in Pecos County, Texas;
- 59 and 47.2 MWAC solar projects located in Kern County, California;
- 200 MWAC wind project located in Dewey, Ellis and Woodward Counties, Oklahoma;
- 149.8 MWAC wind project located in Texas Panhandle;
- 150 MWAC wind project located in Knox County, Texas;
- 150 MWAC wind project located in Baylor County, Texas;
- 150 MWAC wind project located in Iroquois County, Illinois;
- 52.5 MWAC wind project located in Somerset County, Pennsylvania;
- 150 MWAC wind project located in Iroquois and Ford Counties, Illinois;
- 169.5 MWAC wind project located in Nolan County, Texas; and
- 150 MWAC wind project located in Dickens County, Texas
- Represented water district in the acquisition of additional water supplies.
- Advised client on acquisition of water rights for 330 MW natural gas fueled electric generation plant located in West Texas.
- Represented compressed air energy storage developer in the development of 270 MW project located in Texas Panhandle.
- Successfully represented wind energy developers in the Texas Public Utility Commission’s designation of Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ).
The lawyers of Stahl, Davies, Sewell, Chavarria & Friend, LLP, unless otherwise indicated in an individual lawyer’s biography, are not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.