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Energy Storage Update: 2014 California Storage RFO

Orrick and Clean Energy Pipeline have launched a series of reports dedicated to exploring investment opportunities and challenges in the global renewable energy sector. In the first issue, we analyzed the investment...more

Solar Installer Alert: USITC Holds Final Phase Public Hearing in Chinese and Taiwanese Solar CSPV Panels Import Injury...

On December 8, 2014, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden testified on behalf of some U.S. solar cell manufacturers at a public hearing of the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC). The USITC scheduled the hearing as part of its...more

Gamasonic Seeks Lights Out For Solar Goes Green “Copycat” Solar Powered Light

Gamasonic Ltd. (“Gamasonic”), an Israeli corporation with a place of business in Tel Aviv, filed a patent infringement action on September 30, 2014 against Solar Goes Green, LLC (“Solar”), an Indiana corporation, with a...more

3 Top Legal Issues to Tackle on Solar Projects

The Middle East and North Africa region is on the cusp of a new energy revolution. US$50 billion has been set aside for investment in solar power projects by 2020, as MENA governments seek to maximise the long term value of...more

Renewable Energy Update -- November 2014 #2

Renewable Energy Focus: U.S. solar consolidation seen before tax credit expires: Huffington Post - Nov 21: The controversial government program that funded failed solar company Solyndra, and became a lighting rod in...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - December 2014

In This Issue: - Leaders in the News - Event Highlights - Innovator Profile - Washington Update - Energy Navigator - Upcoming Events - Excerpt from Washington Update: The United States and...more

"Let There Be Light” Part 2 of 2 Part Series

There are numerous other examples of religious institutions which have made green energy part of their mission. Utility companies across the U.S. are embracing solar energy. Savvy investors like Warren Buffet see the...more

UK Government Publishes Response to Further Consultation on Changes to Financial Support for Solar PV

On 25 November 2014, the UK government published its response to its further consultation on changes to financial support for solar PV projects which opened on 2 October 2014 and closed on 24 October 2014. The response...more

Shifting focus for the solar PV market

Ground mounted stand-alone solar PV "farms" have been tremendously successful. Solar PV generally has out-paced the "slow and steady" deployment that incentive levels agreed in the last RO banding review were intended to...more

FAQs Expiration of 30 Percent ITC After 2016

Some industry participants and observers are confused about what the investment tax credit (ITC) rules for solar will be on January 1, 2017. In an effort to provide some clarity to this issue, below are frequently asked...more

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Announces Small Business Awards

On November 12, 2014, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy held a press conference to announce the recipients of the Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards. In her comments, Administrator McCarthy stated that "a...more

IRS Rules That Some Basis in Solar System Must Be Allocated to Structural Functions

On October 31, the IRS released Private Letter Ruling 201444025, which was addressed to a manufacturer of solar systems that are mounted on real estate. The nature of the real estate, along with many other interesting facts,...more

Renewable Energy Update -- November 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - U.S. solar consolidation seen before tax credit expires: Bloomberg - Oct 20: Acquisitions in the solar industry will accelerate as manufacturers and developers prepare for the expiration of a...more

Trade & Manufacturing - November 2014

In This Issue: - American Firms Celebrated on National Manufacturing Day - Supreme Court Denies Petitions For Writs Of Certiorari In CDSOA Furniture Cases - News Of Note ..United States Announces...more

Continued boom or bust for Japanese renewables?

When Japan instituted the Renewable Energy Act (REA) in 2012, the stated policy was to encourage the development of renewable energy but to avoid the “boom and bust” cycles seen in other countries. Looking back, there is no...more

“Let There Be Light” Part 1 of 2 Part Series

We live in an energy age. From our homes to our cars to the electronic devices we depend on, we have become an increasingly energy dependent society. The effects of our energy demand and consumption have become equally...more

Mexican Renewables - Set for a Boom; Waiting for Guidance

The sunset date for the 30% ITC is coming into view for developers of U.S. solar projects. The U.S. domestic solar market is also becoming increasingly competitive. The PTC for wind has already expired except for projects...more

Energy Technology Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - November 2014

In This Issue: - Leaders in the News - Event Highlights - Washington Update - California Update - Innovator Profile - Energy Navigator - Upcoming Events - Excerpt from Washington...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

The Legal Maze of Solar Globalisation

As the utility-scale solar market continues to expand and globalise, project developers and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors increasingly find themselves considering unfamiliar jurisdictions. A new...more

Value of distributed solar energy

What is the value of distributed solar photovoltaic electric generation? An investigation by the Maine Public Utilities Commission into this question is ongoing, and will culminate in a report to the state legislature this...more

Southern California Edison Seeking Small Scale Solar PPAs

Southern California Edison (SCE) has announced a Request for Offers (RFO) seeking proposals for 63 MW of solar generation, with proposed projects being between 500 kW and 10 MW each. While SCE has made known its preference...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

Speeding Construction of Your Company’s ‘Great Wall’: Protecting Green Technology in China with Utility Models

The Economist recently reported on a World Intellectual Property Organization study that the number of Chinese patents filed abroad is rising. China’s patent office was the busiest in the world in 2012. Coupled with this...more

Contractor Working On Federally-Funded Solar Project Settles Davis-Bacon Act Claims for $1.9 Million

On October 23, the Department of Labor reported that Proimtu Mmi-Nv LLC, a Nevada-based company, agreed to pay $1.9 million in back wages and fringe benefits as the result of a DOL investigation of its compliance with the...more

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