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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

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

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

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

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

New Bloomberg Report Finds that Renewables Supply All-Time High of 18% of U.S. Energy Generation

Analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance finds that roughly 18% of U.S. energy generation is supplied by renewable sources. The details can be found in the 2018 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook,...more

Massachusetts Achieves Milestone with over 2,000 Megawatts of Installed Solar Capacity

On February 7, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Massachusetts has installed more than 2,000 megawatts (MW) of solar electricity through 78,646 projects across the state. The achievement represents the...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

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New power generation exemption framework creates fresh hurdles for IPPs - Titled “Licensing Exemption and Registration Notice”, the amendment was published in the Government Gazette of 10 November 2017, and signed by...more

New York Solar Energy Facility Tax Update

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

NYSERDA Adds Property Tax Calculator to Solar Toolkit - NYSERDA has been creating tools for municipalities and solar companies in addressing solar project questions. NYSERDA has now created a Property Tax Calculator...more

Bipartisan Budget Act Partially Reinstates Orphaned Energy Tax Credits

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (H.R. 1892) (the “Act”) was enacted on February 9, 2018. The Act is a two-year budget agreement that includes a number of provisions extending lapsed renewable energy-related tax credits;...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa Limpopo’s coal-fired power station gets green light The government has flashed the green light again for a [new] multibillion-rand coal-fired power station in Limpopo, but...more

Environmental Aspects of Wind and Solar Projects in Alberta

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In 2015, Alberta adopted a Climate Leadership Plan and set an ambitious goal of eliminating coal-fired generation and replacing it with at least 30 percent of renewable generation by 2030. According to the Alberta Electric...more

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE): Will Gruber (Pulaski County) Brownfield Presentation

Harbor Environmental and Pulaski County, Arkansas jointly sponsored a November 15th seminar held in North Little Rock, Arkansas addressing a variety of Arkansas Brownfield issues...more

LUPC Proposes New Rules Allowing Grid-Scale Solar Facilities

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Responding to increasing interest in developing grid-scale solar farms in Maine’s unorganized territory, the Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) yesterday proposed a rulemaking to allow development of grid-scale solar energy...more

The International Tax Impact Of The 2017 Tax Cuts And Jobs Act

We drafted a tax alert that addresses the impact of the much anticipated "Tax Cut and Jobs Act" (H.R. 1) on the international corporate tax landscape. ...more

Kentucky’s Limited Renewable Energy Incentives

by Dickinson Wright on

In August 2007, Kentucky enacted the Incentives for Energy Independence Act (IEIA) program (KRS 154.27-010 through 154.27-090). As with any Kentucky administered tax incentive programs, the inducements under the IEIA are...more

GOP Tax Bill Proposes Changes to the Renewable Energy Industry’s Tax Incentives

On Thursday, November 2, Republicans in the US House of Representatives released their proposed tax reform legislation, providing for massive alterations to tax law. The proposed legislation would trim tax benefits applicable...more

Solar Power International 2017 Soundbites

Below are soundbites from panel discussions at Solar Power International in Las Vegas on September 11 and 12. The soundbites are organized by topic, rather than in chronological order, and were prepared without the benefit of...more

First Subsidy-Free Solar Farm Opens in UK

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The first solar farm has successfully launched in the UK without government subsidisation. Clayhill Solar Farm, a 10 megawatt (MW) site near Flitwick in Bedfordshire, is capable of generating enough power for 2500 homes. ...more

Transaction Structuring Matters: North Carolina Rejects Third-Party Rooftop Solar Power Purchase Agreements

A North Carolina appeals court has reminded energy developers in the state of the importance of structuring a transaction so as not to trigger the state’s utility franchise laws. For one unfortunate developer, that reminder...more

A Legal and Commercial Checklist for Bankable Solar EPC Contracts: A Developer’s Guide

Large-scale solar development is big business, and solar EPC Contracts are big business by association. In Q2 2017, the U.S. solar market installed 2,387 MWdc, an 8% increase year-over-year, and the largest second quarter...more

Illinois Announces Winning Bids for New Wind and Solar Project REC Contracts

by Bryan Cave on

Pursuant to Section 16-111.5 (e) of the Illinois Public Utilities Act, the Illinois Commerce Commission (“ICC”) convened a special meeting on September 7, 2017, to vote on whether to approve the recommendations of the...more

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