Bricker & Eckler to present webinar on solar development in Ohio: Where We've Been and Where We're Going

Bricker & Eckler energy attorneys Kara Herrnstein, Karia Ruffin and Dylan Borchers will present a webinar, Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. EST, to recap an active 2021 year for solar development in Ohio and look ahead to potential development trends and issues in 2022. Topics covered will include a survey of projects at the Ohio Power Siting Board, implementation of Senate Bill 52, administrative rulemakings, battery storage development in Ohio, PILOT program updates and more. Register here >>

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

JPMorgan Chase solar installation at Polaris office is second largest in the world

The parking lot at JPMorgan Chase’s McCoy Center at Polaris doubles as “a giant solar farm” that includes “about 40,000 [solar] panels covering about 165,000 square feet,” making it the second largest commercial office solar installation worldwide, The Columbus Dispatch reports. The bank, the largest private employer in the Columbus region, previously installed solar panels on the roof of the McCoy Center; combined with the parking lot installation, the panels will “meet 75% of the electricity needs” of the building, “said to be the largest single-user office building in the U.S. after the Pentagon,” according to the article. The bank set a “target to finance and facilitate more than $2.5 trillion over 10 years — including $1 trillion for green activities — to advance long-term solutions that address climate change and contribute to sustainable development.” For more, read the full article

Environmental, Renewable Energy, Solar, State Updates

Bricker & Eckler to present webinar on community solar development in Ohio

If passed, recently introduced legislation H.B. 450 permits community solar development in Ohio. Join Bricker & Eckler attorneys Dylan Borchers and Matt Koppitch, Wednesday, December 8, at 10:30 a.m. EST, as they discuss how the proposal works. They will also chat with State Representative Brian Baldridge, one of the bill's sponsors, about his motivation for sponsoring the proposal and the path forward for community solar in Ohio. Register here >>

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Bricker & Eckler to present webinar on Senate Bill 52 and changes to utility scale solar siting in Ohio

Bricker & Eckler energy attorneys Kara Herrnstein and Dylan Borchers will review changes to the utility scale permitting process as a result of Ohio Senate Bill 52 via a webinar, Thursday, August 19, at 10:00 a.m. EDT. This webinar is the first of a multi-part series of webinars over the remainder of 2021 focusing on developments in utility scale solar project permitting in Ohio. Register here >>

Economic Development, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Solar, State Updates

Ohio General Assembly passes S.B. 52: Changes to wind and solar siting requirements

On June 28, 2021, the Ohio General Assembly passed Senate Bill (S.B.) 52, which places new requirements on renewable energy development in Ohio and changes to the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) process. The bill is specific to wind and solar development, and does not place new restrictions on other types of energy development. S.B. 52 currently awaits Governor DeWine’s signature and takes effect 90 days after he signs the bill into law. For more, read the full article

Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Solar

Power purchase agreements for school districts

Many of our school district clients have been approached by wind and solar developers over the years about signing a power purchase agreement (PPA). Developers promise to provide electricity at a fixed or reduced cost with no up-front payment, financing, construction or maintenance burdens. Is it too good to be true, they ask? Maybe not. For more, read the full article.

Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Solar

First Solar investing $680M to build third Toledo-area factory

Solar panel manufacturer First Solar Inc. will invest $680 million “to build a third factory in the Toledo area by 2023, doubling its production capacity and creating 500 jobs,” The Toledo Blade reports. Construction of the new, 1.8-million-square-foot plant will begin later this year, with production expected to begin in early 2023, according to the article. The company’s current operations in Wood County “have the capacity to produce 2.7 gigawatts worth of panels annually,” and the new plant will add another 3.3 gigawatts to that. Total U.S. solar-panel production capacity “is expected to reach 11 gigawatts” when the new First Solar plant is online. Construction “is contingent on First Solar receiving permitting and pending approval of State of Ohio, JobsOhio, regional and local incentives.” For more, read the full article

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