Annie Y. Tsai

Senior Counsel

Annie Y. Tsai

Senior Counsel

Annie Tsai focuses her practice on project finance, and in particular advising clients in the development, acquisition, and financing of renewable energy projects. She is a member of the firm’s Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) Team, the Finance Practice, and the Energy Sector.

Annie has vast experience in the electric power industry. Before becoming an attorney, Annie worked for Southern California Edison’s Energy Procurement Group. She optimized the utility’s multibillion-dollar conventional and renewables portfolio as a part of the Energy Trading Team. Annie advised negotiation teams on the value and risks of power purchase agreements, resource adequacy capacity contracts, energy call options, and firm energy delivery contracts. She also managed the utility’s California PUC regulatory proceedings related to energy procurement (renewables power, conventional power, natural gas, and greenhouse gas emissions).

Representative Experience*

  • Represented, lead lender in syndicated construction, tax equity and term debt financing for community solar project portfolios primarily located in Massachusetts and New York
  • Represented, lead lender in syndicated construction, tax equity and term debt financing for utility-scale solar projects in Virginia and North Carolina
  • Represented, lender in term debt financing for a portfolio of wind projects in California
  • Represented, ESG investor in its investment in an electric vehicle startup company
  • Represented, lead lender in syndicated construction and term debt financing for $100 million cold storage project in Idaho with a leading national food producer as key customer

*Matters handled prior to joining Foley.

Presentations and Publications

  • Speaker, Renewable Energy Law and Incentives Under the Biden Administration, National Business Institute (April 2022)
  • Panelist, How Community Solar Will Accelerate States Toward Their Renewable Energy Targets, Women in Cleantech & Sustainability and Women in Energy Greater New York Chapter (October 2021)
  • Speaker, Innovation in Risk Management for Renewable Project Finance, Effective Due Diligence on Large Portfolios as a Key Risk Mitigation Strategy, Infocast webinar (April 2021)


  • Mandarin Chinese (fluent)
03 April 2023 Renewable Energy Outlook

Top Ten Risk Mitigation Issues in Renewable Energy Construction Loan Agreements

Construction financing is used to fund the construction of renewable projects prior to such projects obtaining long-term financing. Because construction loans are disbursed during a high-risk phase of a project, these loans carry different terms, pricing and conditions than subsequent longer term financing facilities.
18 February 2022 Press Releases

Foley Represents Galway Sustainable Capital in Investment in Hive Technologies

Foley & Lardner LLP represented ESG investor Galway Sustainable Capital (“GSC”) in its investment in Hive Technologies, Inc. (“Hive”), the startup that is both disrupting access to electric vehicles (EVs) with a gas car cost parity solution and unlocking the full carbon benefit of EVs.
14-15 April 2021 Events

Innovation in Risk Management for Renewable Project Finance | An Infocast Master Class

A number of Foley attorneys will be presenting at Infocast’s Innovation in Risk Management for Renewable Project Finance Virtual Master Class on April 14th and 15th, with Foley Partner Darin Lowder acting as Lead Instructor.
12 April 2021 Blogs

Foley & Lardner Leading Innovation in Risk Management Master Class with Infocast

Join Foley & Lardner on April 14-15 as we discuss risk mitigation innovations in renewable energy project financing at Infocast's Innovation in Risk Management for Renewable Energy Finance Master Class, in which Foley Partner Darin Lowder will be acting as Lead Instructor.
17 April 2020 Renewable Energy Outlook

Coronavirus Impact on Construction of Energy Projects

The U.S. Renewable Energy Industry, including its construction market, like every sector of the economy, is being affected by the outbreak of coronavirus.
19 February 2015 Blogs

SCE Announces RAM 6 Program Forum

Southern California Edison (SCE) announced a Program Forum for SCE’s 2015 Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM) Program. The Program Forum will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time).