Electric power grids around the world are evolving from a model that depends on large centralized power plants to one that includes significant distributed energy generation. We represent developers, utilities, end-users and investors in connection with distributed generation strategies, including the development of renewable energy facilities, cogeneration facilities, conventional power generation and other advanced technologies such as smart grid devices, microgrids, building management systems and energy storage. Our team has extensive related experience in renewable energy regulation and energy efficiency and smart grid.
Our lawyers’ representative experience includes advising:
- an international energy conglomerate regarding the development of solar facilities in the United States, Europe, Africa, China, Australia and Canada
- an international solar company regarding the development of hydro plants in Mexico, solar facilities in Puerto Rico and the United States and the analysis of ITC/Cash Grant issues with respect to biomass projects in the United States
- a U.S. solar company regarding the development of solar projects in Hawaii and California
- an international chemical company regarding regulatory strategies for cogeneration facilities in Louisiana, including issues arising under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 and state public utility laws
- an international retail company regarding wind and solar facilities in Kansas and Texas, including an assessment of Regional Transmission Organization (RTO)/Independent System Operator wholesale markets, an analysis of state public utility laws and commercial negotiations with the developer and the local utility
- a vertically integrated electric utility in connection with resource planning proceedings and cost recovery of investments in distributed assets in Nevada
- a retail company in Puerto Rico regarding potential self supply options, including an analysis of financial incentives available under state and federal laws
- a U.S. real estate developer regarding the development of solar projects as part of the Army Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) program
- a developer in connection with a sale leaseback financing of a portfolio of distributed generation photovoltaic (PV) projects totaling approximately 12 MW
- a developer in connection with the development, construction and sale of various distributed generation solar PV projects in Southern California
- Rabobank International in the lease financing of a portfolio of over 30 commercial distributed generation solar projects developed and installed by Solar City in California
- NRG Energy, Inc. in the acquisition of Solar Power Partners (SPP), a developer of distributed solar projects. SPP has over 30 MW of distributed solar projects in operation or under construction, and a pipeline of over 1,300 MW of projects in development located in California, Hawaii, Arizona, Connecticut, New Mexico, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Canada and Puerto Rico.
- tax equity investors in the negotiation and consummation of commitments to purchase commercial and residential solar projects aggregating to more than $500 million
- developers in the creation of residential solar programs and the negotiation and consummation of portfolio tax equity commitments
- EPC contractor in contracts to install up to 4 MW of rooftop PV projects throughout the United States
- an electric energy cooperative regarding the impact of Federal Energy Regulatory Committee policies and RTO tariff provisions on its ability to manage a portfolio of load-side resources, including distributed generation
- a residential homebuilder regarding the availability of a Department of Energy Loan Guarantee for a portfolio of rooftop solar installations.