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Manufacturers and Installers of Solar Panels Face Unique Risks from Residential House Fires - House fires have always been a major source of product liability litigation in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of...more

California Update: New Laws Give Residential and Commercial Tenants Rights to Install EV Charging Stations and Streamline...

Last month Governor Brown signed AB 2565, which gives residential and commercial tenants new rights to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, and AB 2188, which directs cities and counties to streamline permitting...more

Renewable Energy Update -- October 2014 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - Geothermal power industry lost steam but may be poised for comeback: Los Angeles Times - Oct 19: Geothermal power was once king of California's renewable energy. So many companies were...more

Gov. Cuomo Signs Law Extending Real Property Tax Abatement for Solar Power Installation

Governor Cuomo has signed into law a bill that extends real property tax breaks for installing electricity-generating solar panels on New York City buildings effective September 23, 2014. ...more

California Cities and Counties Must Expedite Their Permitting Processes for Small Residential Rooftop Solar Systems by Sept. 30,...

Under AB 2188, recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, cities and counties must adopt ordinances, or amend their current ordinances, to create expedited, streamlined permitting processes for small rooftop solar energy systems....more

Solar Installer Alert: Commerce Dept. Reduces Preliminary Antidumping Duty Rates for Solar Products from Taiwan

The International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce (“ITA”) on August 18 issued a notice amending its Affirmative Preliminary Determination for antidumping (“AD”) duties against certain crystalline...more

ML Strategies’ Energy & Environment Update: July 2014 #4

For several years, solar arrays utilizing silicon photovoltaics have been central to driving the exponential growth of installed domestic solar capacity. However, an ongoing trade war spanning three continents and impacting...more

U.S. Commerce Department Imposes Preliminary Antidumping Duties on CSPV Products Sourced from Taiwan and China

As we first reported on Twitter, the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce (“ITA”) announced in a Fact Sheet on July 25, 2014, its Affirmative Preliminary Determination that certain Chinese and...more

Certification Requirements Imposed on Solar Cells from Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China

On July 25, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced its antidumping duty preliminary determinations involving Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products from Taiwan and the People’s Republic of...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Commerce Department Action on Solar Trade Case - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Agriculture - Department of Commerce -...more

WTO Rules U.S. Countervailing Duties on Solar Panels Violate Global Trade Rules

The World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled Monday that U.S. countervailing duties imposed on a range of Chinese products, including solar panels, violated global trade rules by imposing punitive import duties....more

Department of Commerce Announces Preliminary Decision to Impose Tariff on Solar Panels Imported From China

Some U.S. solar equipment manufacturers have lauded the Department of Commerce’s recent decision to impose high tariffs on solar panels imported from China as the end of China’s unfair market advantage; however, from the...more

NY Property Tax Exemption Extension for Renewable Systems

The New York legislature has passed a bill that extends a real property tax exemption for wind, solar and certain other energy systems until January 1, 2025. The bill provides that real property which includes an eligible...more

Admirals Bank Partners with SunPower for an Innovative Solar Power Loan Funding Program

Mintz Levin would like to congratulate our client, Admirals Bank, on partnering with SunPower Corp., the second largest U.S. solar-panel maker, to establish an innovative solar power loan funding program. Together, SunPower...more

US China Trade War - Trade, Solar, Customs, Patents, Banking, Antitrust and Securities

Dear Friends, there have been major developments in the trade, solar cells, tires, banking, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas. In addition to the trade area, the banking and China antitrust areas have had important...more

Solar Installer Alert: In Preliminary Determination, U.S. Commerce Department Imposes Countervailing Duties on Chinese Solar...

Late on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, the International Trade Administration of the Department of Commerce (ITA) released a Fact Sheet announcing an affirmative preliminary determination in the countervailing duty case against...more

Renewable Energy Update -- May 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - Another solar record set, renewables power nearly quarter of California: KCET - May 20 -- Yet another milestone in California's quest to go solar: the state's industrial-sized solar power...more

Renewable Energy Update -- May 2014 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - California regulators side with solar - Green Building Advisor - Apr 23: Hundreds of battery-backed PV installations that have been delayed by red tape and extra fees should be connected to the...more

Proposed Regulations Address REIT Investments in Solar Facilities

The Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently issued proposed regulations that may facilitate using real estate investment trusts (REITs) as vehicles for financing certain renewable energy...more

Proposed Regulations Provide Greater Certainty on the REIT Classification of Solar and Other Non-Traditional Assets

The Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) and Treasury Department have proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) under Section 856 of the Internal Revenue Code providing guidance for analyzing whether non-traditional...more

"Treasury Issues Proposed Regulations Defining ‘Real Property’ for REIT Purposes"

On May 9, 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) released proposed regulations defining the term “real property” for purposes of the REIT rules. The proposed regulations, which provide a framework for taxpayers,...more

Treasury Proposes REIT Solar Regulations but Excludes Most Common Transactions

On the same day as President Obama’s speech championing solar, the Department of the Treasury proposed regulations defining “real estate assets” for purposes of the definition of a real estate investment trust (REIT). The...more

Cybersecurity, solar energy and the electric grid

A group of Russian hackers claims to have identified security gaps in widely-used solar panel monitoring software. The monitoring platform's developer is said to be fixing the gaps -- but can hackers damage the electric...more

Legal Briefing: Guaranteeing the Future

The industry is working hard to develop flexible warranties backed by credible testing that provide the certainty investors crave. But fast-changing technology and a paucity of real-world data mean they remain very much a...more

Massachusetts DOER Releases Solar Carve-Out II Guideline

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) released a draft guideline last week outlining a proposed process to grant Assurances of Qualification to solar generation facilities seeking to participate in the Solar...more

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