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

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 >>

Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Solar, State Updates

More than 100,000 Ohioans work in clean energy jobs, report shows

A report from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and the Clean Energy Trust shows the clean energy and vehicles sectors currently employ more than 103,400 Ohioans, according to a recent The Hannah Report article. Clean Jobs Midwest’s Ohio Fact Sheet shows “[t]he biggest sector of Ohio’s clean energy industry is energy efficiency, accounting for nearly 71 percent of the region’s clean energy jobs,” at 73,291. The fact sheet also outlines the gains in advanced transportation as “automakers and their suppliers continue to shift to electric vehicles,” noting electric vehicle (EV) jobs grew by 8.9 percent, “and are poised for future growth with supportive policies and significant commitments to EVs by major vehicle manufactures like Ford and GM and their suppliers.” To see the complete Clean Jobs Midwest Ohio Fact Sheet, click here

Energy Efficiency, Environmental, State Updates

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

Central Ohio developer plans $20.9M speculative cold storage facility near Rickenbacker

Crawford Hoying plans to invest $20.9 million to build a speculative cold storage office building near Rickenbacker International Airport, Columbus Business First reports. Columbus City Council had a first reading “on a 10-year, 75% Enterprise Zone tax abatement for the project, which is expected to create 10 new full-time office jobs,” according to the article. The proposed tax incentive legislation says the 165,000-square-foot facility “represents a massive private investment in a crucial piece of regional cold storage chain infrastructure and will compete on a national level against facilities located in other states.” The building will use a state-of-the-art refrigeration system “that will save significant amounts of energy and water compared to existing systems.” For more, read the full article.

Economic Development, Energy Efficiency, Financial Incentives, 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

Three Cleveland redevelopment projects approved for financial aid packages

Cleveland City Council approved tax incentives for two redevelopment projects in the city and approved a special assessment for a third project, reports. Council approved tax increment financing (TIF) valued at $1.7 million over 30 years for the Inspirion Group’s “plans to create more than 400 apartment units” in a $43 million project that will include commercial space on the ground level, according to the article. Mavrek Development also received a tax increment financing package, valued at about $1.2 million over 30 years, for its plans to “build 171 new apartments”; neither TIF deal will affect tax revenues for Cleveland City Schools. Cleveland Rocks Holding, LLC “plans a multifaceted redevelopment of a former Masonic Temple” that will include a rock-climbing gym, other fitness facilities, office and commercial space. Council approved a special assessment “to support green energy installations” for plans to invest about $500,000 in LED lighting, energy efficient controls for heating and air conditioning, among other improvements. For more, read the full article.

Economic Development, Energy Efficiency, Financial Incentives, 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 closes Northern Michigan PACE project

Treetops Resort in Otsego County recently closed the first PACE project in Northern Michigan, a transaction over $2.9 million, for a renovation that will include a comprehensive energy efficiency upgrade. Bricker & Eckler, LLP served as counsel to the lender, Inland Green Capital. Barry Owens, Treetops Resort general manager, said the PACE project funding will enable improvements that guests will “not only see — but also feel” and reduce the resort’s carbon footprint. The renovation is expected to save the ski and golf resort over $3.3 million while helping to meet its latest sustainability goals. 

Energy Efficiency, Environmental, Project Finance
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