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Court Rules on Antitrust Claims Arising from Changes to Electricity Pricing Plans for Home Solar Users

A federal court allowed certain antitrust and state law claims brought by an installer of distributed solar energy systems against Arizona’s Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District (SRP) to move forward...more

Report: solar panels add home appraisal value

"How will putting rooftop solar panels on my home affect its value?" is a common question among those considering residential-sited solar energy projects. ...more

Competition and Regulation Update: Storage in the National Electricity Market - Is the Grid Moving In?

Electricity storage at or above household scale will likely become economic within the next few years, as the cost of batteries come down and generous feed in tariffs slowly expire. Australia could be one of the world's...more

Policy and Legal Implications of Implementing Renewable Energy at Scale: Finance Gap for Innovation Deployment (Part 4 of 6)

The Problem: Finance Gap for Innovation Deployment - The last decade has seen tremendous innovations in cleantech that have not only brought new products, but also a fall in prices to consumers. For example, the average...more

CPUC Set to Tackle Net Metering Debate with New Distributed Generation Tariff

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) could soon make big changes to how rooftop solar installations function in the state. Under Assembly Bill 327, enacted in 2013, the CPUC has until December 31, 2015 to...more

US: Courts' Deference to an Arbitration Award is not Without Limits

As a matter of public policy, United States courts strongly favor alternative dispute resolution and show great deference to awards made by arbitration tribunals. However, a recent ruling by the US District Court for the...more

Implications of the California Drought on Energy Use and Climate Concerns

California's drought is now in its fourth year, and state leaders are faced with making unprecedented decisions further restricting water use. The brown lawns and dying trees are all too obvious and painful examples of the...more

NH regulation of solar PPAs, leases

If a solar energy company installs solar panels on its customers' roofs, and sells those customers the power they produce, will it be regulated like a public utility under state law? A petition by Vivint Solar, Inc. has...more

IRS Releases Favorable Guidance for Individual Investors in Community Solar to Claim Section 25D Tax Credit

The IRS recently issued a Private Letter Ruling (PLR) clarifying that an individual investor in a net-metered community solar project may claim the federal residential Investment Tax Credit (ITC) under Section 25D of the...more

Liability for Unintentional Bird Deaths Still Up in the Air

The recent Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that unintentional bird deaths under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (“MBTA”) are not “takes” under the MBTA and therefore not subject to criminal liability, adds fodder to the...more

Arizona Rooftop Solar Regulations Highlight Distributed Generation Debate

Sunny Arizona is again in the middle of a nationwide debate between solar companies and utilities. Legislation adopted in March 2015, and which goes into effect on January 1, 2016, mandate certain disclosures and formats for...more

New IRS Guidance May Promote Community Residential Solar Developments

On September 4, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service released a private letter ruling that could have meaningful impacts on the funding and development of certain residential solar developments, specifically community solar...more

Solar Power Fights Heat Up

The clash between residential solar companies and utilities continues to heat up in courts and public utility commissions. As solar technology continues to improve, more households are installing rooftop solar systems. ...more

IRS Opens Door for Community Solar Investors to Qualify for Federal Tax Credits

The Internal Revenue Service issued a private letter ruling this week to an individual owner of solar panels installed in an off-site net-metered community solar garden. In the Ruling, the Service confirmed the individual’s...more

DOE report finds Solyndra gave "false and misleading" info

The Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General has released a special report finding that failed solar panel maker Solyndra, Inc. provided the Department with inaccurate and misleading information during the...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - U.S. wind energy priced at all time low: Clean Technica - Aug 13: The price of wind energy in the U.S. is at an all time low, but officials have been quick to state the need for stable policy to...more

Southern California Edison Proposes Rooftop Solar Surcharge

The California Public Utilities Commission will consider a proposal filed by Southern California Edison Aug. 3 to implement a surcharge for rooftop solar panels installed after July 2017, or when SCE reaches its current...more

New York, Connecticut Establish Community-Based Renewable Energy Programs

New York and Connecticut recently joined at least 13 other states, including Hawai’i and Maryland, in establishing measures that could significantly expand access to renewable energy generation in those states through...more

MEasure - Summer 2015

Welcome to the Summer 2015 issue of measure, King & Spalding’s Middle East quarterly newsletter. This issue covers a number of areas with interesting developments and valuable guidance. Phillip Sacks and Jodi Norman discuss...more

A New Model for Clean Energy: Community Solar Gardens

Declining prices for solar equipment and generous government incentives have broadened the appeal of community solar gardens. Community solar gardens, which are arrangements in which multiple users invest in and benefit from...more

UK Government Announces Further Shake-up to RO and FIT Regime for Solar PV

Following the closure of the RO regime to new solar ground mounted projects with a capacity of more than 5MW which were commissioned after 31 March 2015, the government has today announced a further shake-up of the subsidy...more

Claims for Defective Solar Panels Are Covered by CGL Insurance

Several solar panel manufacturers and their distributors have been sued in class actions alleging the panels are defective and need to be replaced. As will be explained below, these kinds of claims are covered by general...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2015 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - EPA warns of high cost of climate change: New York Times - Jun 22: In the absence of global action to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the United States by the end of the century may face up to...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2015 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - Wind and solar account for 100 percent of new U.S. generating capacity in April: Renewable Energy World - May 26: In what is becoming a frequent occurrence, if not predictable pattern, renewable...more

Five Georgia Environmental Bills to Watch in 2015

Georgia legislature warms up to solar panels, gets protective of coastal marshes, withdraws support for electric cars, and sacrifices LEED certifications in favor of jobs. April 2, 2015 marked final adjournment of the 2015...more

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