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

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

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 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.

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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

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

New Franklin County solar farm will supply energy to AEP

American Electric Power affiliate AEP Energy Partners “is finalizing a long-term power purchase agreement [PPA] with New York-based BQ Energy Development LLC for 100% of the 50 megawatts of power that will be generated at the new solar farm it is building at the former Model Landfill site,” Columbus Business First reports. The solar farm will generate enough energy to power 5,000 homes, which AEP Energy will use to meet “both customer demand for renewable energy and future renewable energy needs” from Columbus’s recently passed citywide electric aggregation program proposal, according to the article. Greg Hall, president of AEP Energy, called converting the former landfill to a solar facility a “win-win for the environment and Central Ohio.” For more, read the full article.

Environmental, Renewable Energy, Solar, State Updates
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