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Multi-Jurisdictional Licensing in the Expanding Solar Industry - Construction and Procurement Law News, Q1 2018

As the solar industry expands into new jurisdictions, developers and contractors seeking to break into a new market should carefully evaluate their risks and opportunities....more

New Jersey Legislature Establishes Community Solar Program

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

With more than 2,000 megawatts of cumulative solar capacity installed, New Jersey is the nation's fifth-largest solar state, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). New legislation is designed to expand...more

Taxation/Valuation of Solar Panels: Arizona Court Addresses Assessment Issues

The Supreme Court of Arizona addressed in a March 16th opinion whether the Arizona Department of Revenue (“ADOR”) or County assessors are authorized to value solar panels owned by taxpayers and leased to residential and...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2018 #2

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Focus - U.S. corporate solar procurement surges in 2017 - GREENTECH MEDIA - Apr 12 Corporate procurement of solar is on the rise for both distributed generation and offsite utility PV. As a testament to that trend,...more

Illinois Approves Long-Term Renewable Plan

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On April 3, 2018, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved, with modifications recommended by solar advocates and consumer groups, the Illinois Power Agency’s (IPA) Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2018

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Focus - Group pursuing floating wind farm off California coast - REUTERS - Apr 3 EDP Renewables and four other companies have joined with a Northern California power provider to develop the first U.S. offshore wind farm...more

NASA and ARPA-E Seeking Submittals on Transformative Energy Ideas, Including Small Fission

by Hogan Lovells on

NASA iTech and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) are collaborating on a unique competition to identify transformational energy technologies that can address critical problems...more

Bricker involved in Cleveland-area solar farm development

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

As announced by Columbus Business First, IGS Energy of Dublin, Ohio, will build a large solar farm on former landfill property near Cleveland. The solar farm will spread across 17 acres and will consist of over 35,000 panels...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Welcome to the new format of the Tracker! Because many of our readers have interests in a wide variety of environmental fields, we have expanded our coverage. While we will no longer be including summaries, we will now...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2018 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Lawmakers pass spending bill with funds for clean energy - GREENTECH MEDIA - Mar 23 Congress cleared a spending bill last Friday for the 2018 fiscal year that allocates $1.3 trillion. Despite the Trump...more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2018 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - U.S. Army targets energy resiliency through microgrid projects - ENERGY MANAGER TODAY - Mar 26 The U.S. Army is using clean energy projects to begin targeting resiliency through...more

Solar Energy: California-Appellate Court Addresses Contractor Licensing Issue

A California Court of Appeals addressed whether a company that sells solar energy to homeowners is required to have a contractor’s license when it “arranges for” a licensed contractor to install the solar energy system and...more

Residential Solar Storage is Eligible for Tax Credit, Subject to a 100% Cliff

In a recently released private letter ruling, the IRS confirmed that residential solar energy batteries are eligible for the tax credit under Section 25D of the Code (the “Residential Solar Credit”), subject to an important...more

Got ITCs? How to Start Construction on Your Solar Project (Pre-IRS Guidance)

Solar developers are getting antsy about what is needed to show that they started construction on their 2020 (or later) projects by the end of 2019. The answer is not clear in the absence of solar-specific guidance from...more

More Utility-Scale and/or Brownfield Solar RECs Are Sought Under Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act

by Bryan Cave on

On March 21, the Illinois Commerce Commission (“ICC”) publicly approved certain results from the Illinois Power Agency’s (“IPA”) Spring 2018 First Procurement of solar Renewable Energy Credits (“RECs”) from utility-scale...more

USDA Solicits REAP Applicants For Fiscal Year 2018

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 13, 2018, the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service issued in the Federal Register a notice of solicitation of applications for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for fiscal year (FY) 2018. The...more

US Solar Structures: Cash Equity Considerations

The solar financing market is maturing. You can tell because new money is crowding into the market, and the capital stacks are getting more complicated. Many of these funky structures even have names, like the “Double...more

Three Key Takeaways from the Doing Business in the Northeast: 5th Bi-Annual Current Issues in Environment and Energy Conference

While all major energy projects and environmental clean-up projects in the Northeast face numerous challenges—from changes in the interpretations of regulations and in state-level requirements to legal challenges from...more

Blockchain in Energy – Where Do We Stand? Where Do We Go From Here?

For all the publicity generated by the recent increase in value of Bitcoin, as well as the generally increasing awareness of the existence of blockchain technology, the recent Blockchain in Energy Forum 2018 held in New York...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2018 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - California could get more solar, geothermal power from Imperial Valley following lawsuit - The Desert Sun - Mar 7 As Governor Jerry Brown looks to neighboring states for cheap sources of clean energy, a legal...more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2018 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - How residential and office developers are preparing for the realities of net zero - URBAN LAND - Mar 12 In 2017, California passed the first net-zero building code in the United States...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2018 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - California sets two new solar records - Greentech Media - Mar 6 Mild temperatures and sunny skies have helped California set two new solar records. On Sunday, March 4, the California Independent System Operator...more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2018 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - 20,000 new homes by BART stations? A new California zoning bill aims to speed building - The Mercury News - Mar 5 Cities reluctant to approve housing on BART’s expansive parking lots and...more

Batteries and Solar Might Be Like Chocolate and Peanut Butter

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Currently, the largest operating solar energy facility in Oregon is the 56 megawatt Gala Solar facility near Prineville, which generates electricity for Apple. But homegrown Oregon developer Obsidian Renewables has plans for...more

IRS Rules Solar Energy-Storage Upgrade Is Eligible for Tax Credit

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a new letter ruling (PLR 201809003) issued on March 2, the IRS ruled that a residential behind-the-meter solar energy storage device—a battery—meets the definition of "qualified solar electric property expenditure" under...more

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