Eric Merrill represents sponsors and developers, as well as investors and lenders, in developing and financing infrastructure, particularly renewable energy and energy transition projects.
Mr. Merrill advises clients on financing, construction, and contracting for projects involving:
- Solar power
- Wind farms
- Natural gas generation
- Carbon capture facilities
- Carbon markets
- Biofuel plants
He draws on his industry-specific knowledge and familiarity with a range of financing structures, including debt and tax equity financing, to craft creative client solutions. Mr. Merrill guide clients through a risk-based approach to address the shift to the low carbon economy, balancing business objectives with on-the-ground realities.
Mr. Merrill’s active pro bono practice includes advising Emergent as part of the LEAF Coalition, a public-private initiative designed to accelerate climate action by providing results-based finance to countries committed to protecting their tropical forests.
Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Merrill served as a law clerk for Judge Ronald M. Gould of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Before embarking on his legal career, Mr. Merrill was a traditional musician and violin maker.
Mr. Merrill’s recent experience includes representing clients in:
- The acquisition financing of a portfolio of solar photovoltaic facilities in Ontario, Canada
- The acquisition, construction, and back-leverage financing of a 31.4-MW AC solar photovoltaic power plant in Los Angeles County, California
- The construction and back-leverage financing of a 138-MW AC solar photovoltaic power plant in Chisago County, Minnesota
- The construction financing of a 212-MW wind farm in South Dakota
- The construction financing of a 194.25-MW wind farm in Illinois
- The 4(a)(2) private-placement refinancing of a 300-MW wind electric-generating facility in Beaver County, Oklahoma
- The project development and financing of a 30-MW offshore wind farm off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island
- The bank and 4(a)(2) note financings of two 296-MW (total) hydroelectric projects in Pennsylvania
- Financing a 725-MW combined-cycle natural-gas-fired electric generation facility in Charles County, Maryland
- The project debt refinancing of a 725-MW natural-gas-fired electric generation facility in Woodbridge, New Jersey
- The acquisition, development, and financing of a 1.8-GW portfolio of wind and solar projects in Mexico
- The construction and term financing of a hybrid wind and solar power facility consisting of a 30-MW wind farm and a 55-MW AC solar photovoltaic power plant in Cochise County, Arizona
- Developing an integrated gasification combined cycle coal power plant with a carbon-capture facility near Odessa, Texas