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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

New York State Passes Budget that Continues Tax Incentives for Solar Installations

Last week, New York State enacted a budget for the fiscal year 2015-16 (i.e., April 1, 2015 to Mar. 31, 2016) that continues two tax incentives for the installation of solar energy systems: (1) tax credits...more

PACE Financing to Jump-Start Rooftop Solar?

PACE loans can cover up to 100% of the cost of a project, depending on the specific program and the particular project. Similar to other assessments, a PACE assessment runs with the property and can be transferred to a...more

Florida’s Solar Conundrum

Despite ranking third in the nation for rooftop solar potential, the "Sunshine State" is 13th in cumulative solar capacity installed (dreary New Jersey is 3rd). This is the result of a state without a renewable energy...more

Self-Tracking Solar Panels Eliminate Costly Alignment Systems

One of the technologies showcased at ARPA-E again this year was from Glint Technology. I first spoke with this company last year, and now understand that they think their technology will be "ready for prime time" in one more...more

US Dept. of Commerce Initiates 2nd Administrative Review for 2012 Chinese Solar CSPV Products Antidumping Duty and Countervailing...

On February 4, 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce (through the International Trade Administration or ITA, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce) published a notice initiating the 2nd annual Administrative Review for the...more

Are You Complying? New 2015 Laws Affecting Public Agencies

Community leaders need to be attentive to the new laws that will take effect in 2015 that deal with issues specifically relating to cities, special districts and other public agencies. These new laws cover everything from...more

Solar Installer Alert: Commerce Issues Cash Deposit Instructions to Customs in Taiwan CSPV Products Antidumping Case

On Monday, December 29, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce (through its U.S. International Trade Administration or “ITA”) issued instructions to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (U.S. Customs) for collecting cash deposits...more

Department of Commerce Proposes New Solar Tariff on Chinese Panels

On January 2, 2015, the Department of Commerce (“DOC”) announced its preliminary decision regarding Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, Whether or Not Assembled into Modules, from the People’s Republic of China (“Chinese...more

U.S. Flooded with Low-Cost Chinese Solar Panels. But You Get What You Pay For!

In early 2014, the Chinese National Energy Administration declared that China is aiming to derive less than 65 percent of its energy from coal. This goal would be unattainable for other nations, but since Chinese...more

Turning Your Rooftop Into Profitable GLA

Commercial property owners tend to be diligent in their efforts to maximize leasing revenue. And yet there is a novel way to bolster GLA that relatively few landlords have fully explored—namely, leasing rooftops to utilities...more

Here Comes the Sun…

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

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