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Renewable Energy Update - January 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - California Governor Brown calls for 50 percent renewables by 2030 - Greentech Media - Jan 5: California Governor Jerry Brown has upped the ante on the state’s green energy goals, calling...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2015

Renewable Energy Focus: Solar sector created more jobs in 2014 than oil and gas extraction industry - The solar industry added jobs at a rate nearly 20 times faster than the national average last year, according...more

Analysis: Vote is "Affirmative" in USITC's Final Determination of Injury to U.S. Solar Cell Industry from Imports of CSVP Solar...

By a vote held on January 21, 2015, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) made an affirmative final determination of “material injury” to the U.S. solar cell manufacturing industry due to low-priced Crystalline...more

Production Tax Credit Extended for Renewable Projects Beginning Construction in 2014

On December 19, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (H.R. 5771). H.R. 5771 includes a retroactive one-year extension of the section 45 renewable electricity production tax credit...more

Minnesota Community Solar Gardens Forecast: Partly Sunny with a Chance of Rain

Within days of its open on December 12, 2014, Xcel Energy’s Minnesota Community Solar Garden (CSG) Program had well over 300 MW worth of CSG applications submitted and by this writing nearly 430 MW. The rush of significant...more

California Energy Legislation Year in Review 2014

INTRODUCTION - In his January 2015 inaugural address, California Governor Brown called for an ambitious expansion of the State’s renewable energy goals to 50% by 2030, a policy direction that may drive the State’s...more

US China Trade War-Trade, Trade Adjustment, 337/IP, Products Liability

As you may know, the blog posts are getting longer and longer as more trade and other actions take place against China. Because of the length, I, therefore, am breaking this post into two parts. This first post covers Trade,...more

Topaz Solar becomes largest solar power project

A recent expansion has made a California solar energy project the world’s largest solar facility. Built in three phases, MidAmerican Renewables LLC’s Topaz Solar project in San Luis Obispo County now sports 550 MW total...more

Sol-Wind’s IPO Compared to YieldCos & Structures of Other MLPs

Yesterday, Sol-Wind filed its S-1 with the Securities & Exchange Commission for its listing on the NYSE. Its ticker symbol will be SLWD. Here is a link to my structure diagrams for Sol-Wind and comparisons of it to a...more

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

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