Bricker & Eckler to lead webinar discussion on solar development in Ohio

Bricker & Eckler Energy attorney Kara Herrnstein will lead a webinar discussion, “Let the Sun Shine in Ohio,” for the Women's Energy Network, Wednesday, April 28, at 12:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar will focus on the opportunities, incentives, and challenges of utility-scale and self-generated solar development in Ohio. Register here >>
 

Economic Development, Energy Efficiency, Environmental, Renewable Energy, Solar

Bricker & Eckler’s Bell to present PACE financing at Smart Columbus Energy webinar

Learn more about PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing at Smart Columbus Energy’s online event featuring a presentation by Bricker & Eckler’s Caleb Bell. A new initiative through Smart Columbus enables Central Ohio energy buyers to collaboratively purchase cost effective, Ohio-based renewable energy. Bell will discuss how Midwest property owners can use PACE financing to unlock energy-saving and renewable energy opportunities with no upfront costs. The presentation will include an overview of PACE programs available throughout Central Ohio and example transactions. To register for this event, click here.

Economic Development, Project Finance, Renewable Energy, State Updates

Bricker launches solar resource center for developers

In response to the solar development boom throughout Ohio and the broader Great Lakes region, Bricker & Eckler has developed a solar resource center, designed specifically for developers trying to understand the processes, challenges and opportunities related to solar development in the region. The resource center contains Bricker-produced whitepapers, articles, webinars and an interactive map highlighting the firm's representation of power generating facilities (via an Ohio Power Siting Board page). To meet the team of attorneys able to advise you on a full range of solar matters, visit the solar resource center.

Economic Development, Energy Efficiency, Environmental, Renewable Energy, Solar

Bricker & Eckler attorneys to present as part of March 25 Ohio Energy and Electric Utility Regulation Seminar

Six Bricker & Eckler attorneys will be featured as part of HalfMoon Education's live, interactive webinar, "Issues in Ohio Energy and Electric Utility Regulation," Thursday, March 25. Devin Parram and Elyse Akhbari will present "Ohio Power Siting Board" (overview, rulemaking, growth in utility scale solar), while Dylan Borchers and Colin Kalvas will present "Distributed Solar" (overview of options for self-generation, how to achieve green energy, resiliency and financing goals, and PACE financing), and Christy Rideout Schirra, Akhbari, and Chris Furey will lead a discussion on "Utility Scale Solar Projects: Environmental and Real Estate Considerations" (environmental due diligence and permiting considerations, and developing brownfields for solar projects). For more information, visit the registration page.

Economic Development, Energy Efficiency, Environmental, Financial Incentives, Renewable Energy, Solar

Proposed 108-MW Licking County solar field would power Amazon, Google, Facebook

Union Ridge Solar announced plans to construct a 500-acre solar field in Licking County near the American Electric Power (AEP) Kirk substation, a development that could power large data centers and “provide a financial windfall for property tax recipients,” The Columbus Dispatch reports. Union Ridge “would pay a flat fee of [at] least $753,000 annually for 30 years, or $22.6 million, if the project receives the state and local approvals for the Qualified Energy Tax Exemption Program,” according to the article. Licking County Commissioner Tim Bubb said, “Facebook, Amazon and Google all want to buy green energy from the grid,” and that county commissioners are “inclined to be positive toward this potential opportunity.” For more, read the full article.

Economic Development, Financial Incentives, Renewable Energy, Solar, State Updates

Developer will invest up to $75M to transform former DP&L plant into “economic powerhouse”

The Frontier Group of Companies “has big plans” for the former DP&L Hutchings Station property in Miami Township and hopes to “make the location into the viable, job producing site it once was — albeit with a broader mix of uses and opportunities for investment,” the Dayton Business Journal reports. Frontier Business Development Director Pat Ford said the total investment for the planned mixed-use commercial development that will center around “manufacturing/industrial, residential and recreational uses” could “range between $50 million and $75 million,” according to the article. Solar energy “will be a big component” of the former coal-fired power plant site “as it transforms from an industrial brownfield into a green energy facility.” For more, read the full article.

Economic Development, Renewable Energy, State Updates

O’Shaughnessy Dam hydro plant to generate power for Columbus again

An aging Central Ohio hydropower unit is expected to be operational again by mid-2023, after Columbus City Council recently approved $15.3 million in bond money for repairs to the plant at O’Shaughnessy Dam, The Columbus Dispatch reports. The dam’s hydro-generators “began producing power in 1987 under a federal program to reduce reliance on foreign oil” but were shut down in 1987 due to disrepair, according to the article. The generators will be removed, cleaned, inspected and refurbished as needed, while control panels and switches “will be upgraded to state-of-the-art technology.” The 5-megawatt plant could “potentially power thousands of homes.” For more, read the full article.

Renewable Energy, State Updates

Green Energy Fund receives $3.55M to help residents lower utility bills, build wealth

The George Gund Foundation recently announced its contributions totaling $3.55 million in grants and seed funding to Growth Opportunity Partners (Growth Opps) for its GO Green Energy Fund, News 5 Cleveland reports. The fund will “help create solar infrastructure for residents and business across the region,” according to the article. Growth Opps plans to build a solar array in Hough and allow residents to enroll in a program to offset their utility bills; residents will also be able to buy shares in the operation, “giving them a financial stake in its success and equity they can borrow against or sell for cash.” For more, read the full article.

Renewable Energy, State Updates

AES Corp. and AIMCo deal creates leading renewable platform in U.S.

An agreement between the AES Corporation and Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) “to merge the sPower development platform, a leading independent solar developer in the US, with AES’ US-based clean energy development business” will create one of the top renewables growth platforms in the country, PR Newswire reports. Andres Gluski, AES President and Chief Executive Officer, said the merger “will benefit customers by providing access to a broader portfolio of product offerings as well as an expanded highly skilled and experienced team to drive innovation at scale,” according to the article. For more, read the full article.

Renewable Energy

Toledo Solar wins $1.7M federal grant for new solar technology development

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office awarded a $1.7 million grant to Toledo Solar to support its development of semitransparent cadmium telluride photovoltaics, “a solar-cell material that could be suitable for use in windows, building facades, and rooftop solar modules,” The Toledo Blade reports. U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo) recently announced the grant. In her statement, Kaptur said the new solar technology “offers potential for boosting solar production within the United States,” according to the article. The majority of silicon-based solar panels, “the predominant current technology for large-scale uses,” is produced in Asia. For more, read the full article.  

Renewable Energy, Solar, State Updates
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