Energy - Solar Power

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Overview

Verrill Dana’s Energy Group counsels clients throughout New England on a range of solar projects. Our lawyers prepare, review, and negotiate power purchase agreements as well as construction, installation and materials contracts, and provide tax and business advice on issues related to solar development. We have experience with residential and utility scale projects and a skilled team that works in this expanding and innovative industry.  

The following are examples of solar matters handled by our Energy Group:

  • Pittsfield Solar Project - Verrill Dana represented Cianbro Development Corp. subsidiary Pittsfield Solar, LLC in successfully obtaining regulatory approvals for a 9.9-megawatt ground-mounted solar array to be located on 54 acres in Pittsfield, Maine. At the time the project went into service in 2017, it was the largest solar project in Maine.
     
  • Madison Solar Project - When Madison Electric Works, a publicly owned electric utility, sought to add more solar-generated electricity, they called on Verrill Dana to help. The result? A 4.8 megawatt solar energy farm that, at the time, was more than double the size of the next closest solar project in the State.
     
  • Net Metering – The firm advised a Massachusetts property management company regarding long term virtual net metering contracts.
     
  • Bowdoin Solar Project - In 2014, Verrill Dana represented Bowdoin College in securing municipal approvals to install an underground electric distribution line to serve the College’s new 1.2 megawatt, 4500-panel solar generating project which, at the time was the largest solar development in the State. Verrill Dana attorneys also advised on the project’s real estate issues.
     
  • Solar PPA Negotiation  - In 2017, Verrill Dana represented North Haven Sustainable Housing in negotiating a solar power purchase agreement with Maine’s largest solar installation company.
     
  • Falmouth Solar Project - In 2014 and 2015, Verrill Dana advised Moody’s Collision Center on its investment in a substantial solar development at Maine Audubon in Falmouth. The firm provided counsel on the power purchase agreement between Moody’s and Maine Audubon, as well as various agreements and warranties underlying the installation of the facilities. Verrill Dana attorneys also advised with respect to tax and real estate matters.
     
  • Acquisition of Massachusetts Solar Projects - Verrill Dana represented First Wind in its acquisition of several solar projects in Massachusetts. 
     
  • Brunswick Solar Project - Verrill Dana represented Diversified Communications in the acquisition of a $2.5 million solar array in Brunswick, Maine. The array, which was developed by ReVision Energy and went online in January 2018, provides power to more than 100 businesses at Brunswick Landing. Verrill Dana advised Diversified Communications on federal debt financing, solar investment tax credits, renewable energy credits, electric power sales, EPC contracting, and regulatory, real estate and corporate matters.
     
  • Net Energy Billing- In 2015, we helped Emera work with multiple stakeholders to pass legislation requiring the Maine PUC to facilitate an examination of alternatives to net energy billing to support solar energy development in Maine. To accomplish this goal, we successfully convinced legislators and other government officials that they should not adopt a half dozen other bills that would have raised electric rates in order to subsidize the cost of solar generation in Maine. 

Contacts

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