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Sandy abrahams

founding partner

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Sandy is thorough, professional and practical. She has a wealth of energy sector experience and is always able to communicate in plain English – a quality that shouldn’t be underestimated. We work with her closely and she is a valuable part of our team.
— James Johnston, CEO, Open Utility

Sandy specialises in clean and low carbon energy projects in the UK and internationally and UK climate change legislation. Her experience includes acting on the development of the first utility scale wind farm in the Middle East and advising on utility scale solar farms in Jordan and some of the UK’s largest district heating projects. She advises on the full range of project documents required for clean and low carbon energy development and on all aspects of climate change and energy legislation in the UK.

She is actively involved in policy development in the UK, and is recognised for her work at the forefront of industry development of transformational models encouraging distributed and decarbonised energy generation and supply, including advising West Sussex County Council on their pathfinder BISEPs project (see our transaction submissions), Piclo on their first of kind collaborations with every UK Distribution Network Operator on the Flex Platform (see our transaction submissions), Clean Energy Prospector on their integrated private wire and renewable energy generation model for new build estates, community group Energy Local on their innovative “behind the meter” local balancing model and 10:10 on their “Riding Sunbeams” (solar into the electric railways) project.

She has a following of loyal clients, including LendLease and Open Utility who have praised her thorough, professional and practical approach and her wealth of energy sector experience. She was recently awarded for her work for the Lee Valley Heat Network, winning alongside Tom, with the 2018 Research & Consultancy award from the Association for Distributed Energy.


Examples of sandy’s recent experience includes:

  • International Renewable Energy Association – developing and delivering comprehensive training to the 15 ECOWAS countries in Africa on the contents of a “bankable” power purchase agreement for wind and solar projects.

  • Tafila Wind Farm Jordan (117MW) –advising the Developer on all project related documentation, including drafting and negotiating the DBOM Contract, PPA and grid connection;

  • Shamsuna Power Company Jordan (10MW) – advising the Developer in relation to the PPA, grid connection, DBOM, permitting and licensing;

  • Leapfrog Africa, Kenya   - advising on the commercial structuring and PPA arrangements for off-grid and mini-grid solar;

  • Mongoose Energy Limited, UK – advising on the acquisition and financing of a 15 MW portfolio of operational solar farm sites in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire developed by Anesco, all co-located with battery storage systems. This was the UK’s biggest ever community energy deal and the first ‘solar plus batteries’ financing.

  • Leapfrog Finance – providing the funder with project due diligence in relation to its construction loan to the 4.1 MW Ernsettle solar project in Plymouth undertaken by PEC.

  • UK Government, Cabinet Office – advising a central Government department on structuring and the business model for delivery of a 500MW pipeline of ground and roof-mounted solar installations across the Government estate

  • Lea Valley Heat Network – advising the London Borough of Enfield on all aspects of the project documentation for connection and heat supply and for the outsourcing by the Council’s SPV (Lea Valley Heat Networks Limited) of design & build, operation and maintenance, metering and billing, and customer services.

  • BEIS Heat Networks Delivery Unit – in collaboration with Arup, drafted commercial guidance on DH project structures, producing a suite of contract Heads of Terms.

  • High Road West, Haringey district heating scheme– advising LendLease on all project documentation on the grant of DH concessions and on-going involvement in subsequent connection and supply arrangements.

  • Clapham Housing Development – advising housing association, Metropolitan, on the grant of a DH concession and aspects of the heat off-take agreements on various of their other developments.

  • Timber Yard, Deptford district heating scheme – advising LendLease on all project documentation on the grant of DH concessions and on-going involvement in subsequent connection and supply arrangements.

  • Elephant & Castle district heating scheme – advising LendLease on all project documentation on the grant of DH concessions and on-going involvement in subsequent connection and supply arrangements.

  • Pinnacle Power – advising the district heating provider on forms of concession and heat supply agreements

  • VerdErg Renewables – currently advising on their first commercial demonstrator project for a new low-head hydro power technology;

  • Sandford Hydro – advising Charity bank on the financing of the 440kWp Sandford Hydro project, developed by Low Carbon Hub and utilising German technology and the “Archimedes” screw. When completed, this became the largest hydro-electric plant on the Thames;

  • Piclo/Selectricity, UK – advising innovators, Open Utility, on their market disruptive electricity supply concept, enabling generators to promote their projects and consumers to select tranches of output from their preferred generations sources to construct their own generation portfolio, via an AirBnB-style platform;

  • 10:10 Foundation, UK – advising 10:10 on their innovative solar to rail electrification project.

Sandy is also dedicated to using her skills in a pro-bono capacity, including:

  • WWF: working with the WWF UK legal team on a 6-month, part-time basis;

  • LRI: Voluntary Legal Advisor since 2012 to the Legal Response Initiative (a group providing legal advice to participants in the UNFCCC negotiations), providing assistance such as guidance on fossil fuel lobbying and developing the Ugandan Climate Change Bill;

  • Power for the People: Trustee and pro-bono legal advisor to PfP, a UK charity developing projects in Africa, using renewable energy as a backbone for sustainable development, healthcare and education;

  • Stroud Community Energy and Belsize Energy: advising these community groups on the establishment of community renewable energy companies


Previous work history:

Before co-founding Lux Nova Partners, Sandy was a partner in the Climate Change & Energy team at Temple Bright LLP, having previously worked at Nabarro LLP (now CMS) for seven years.


qualifications

  • Solicitor admitted 2009

  • Post-graduate Diploma in Legal Practice – Commendation (College of Law, London) 2006

  • BA (Hons) Law (2:1 Cambridge University) 2005