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Special 12-Section Institute on Solar Power

As the solar industry grows, the universe of legal issues surrounding solar development grows with it. With our clients diversifying and our practices growing- what do lawyers need to know to be successful? Hear from solar energy industry personnel and attorneys focused on solar development on the myriad of legal, financial, and practical considerations for solar power projects.

Keynote Speaker
Edelen Renewables CEO Adam Edelen will join us to discuss solar projects in Appalachia.

Solar Energy 101
What do you need to know and what is there to know? Explore the practical, technical, legal, and financial issues associated with solar energy development, and how those requirements change based on the scope of the project

  • Edward Cheerian, Jr., Director, Development, Competitive Power Ventures
  • Michael J. Settineri, Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease

The Lawyer’s Role in Solar Development
Where do lawyers fit in? This presentation will discuss the role of both in-house and outside counsel representing solar clients across the spectrum from utility scale to distributed solar projects.

  • Michael J. Settineri, Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease

State Solar Regulation in Appalachia
Attorneys from throughout the region will discuss the status of solar regulation in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky.

  • Daniel P. Craig, Senior Associate, Frost Brown Todd
  • Roger Hanshaw, Lawyer, Chemist and West Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 33 (Calhoun, Clay and Gilmer Counties)
  • Scott Foster, Associate, Gentry Lock
  • Kara H. Herrnstein, Senior Associate, Bricker & Eckler
  • Andrew R. Smith, Member, Steptoe & Johnson
  • James Van Nostrand, Director, Center for Energy and Sustainable Development and Professor of Law, West Virginia University

Federal Regulatory Issues
A number of federal laws and policy directives are implicated in solar development. This presentation will discuss the Endangered Species Act and FERC Order 2222.

  • Ben Clapp, Shareholder, Babst Calland
  • Jennifer Mersing, Counsel, K&L Gates

The View of Solar Development from the Utility Perspective
What are the goals and views of utility and transmission companies when it comes to solar development? How do those goals conflict with solar project development and on what elements do they agree?

  • Tim Burdis, Manager, State Policy Solutions, PJM

Panel Discussion on Land Issues
This panel will discuss everything you need to know about purchasing and leasing property, easements, and other land and title issues, and how those issues vary based on the size of your solar project.

  • Gillian Flick, Of Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson
  • Pierce Richardson, Partner, K&L Gates
  • Michelle Elmore Wooton, Member, Jackson Kelly

What is Required for Title Insurance?
Old Republic Title’s Lauren Gray discusses endorsements and other considerations when obtaining title insurance.

Solar Development on Brightfields
CEC will briefly describe brownfields and greyfields and why those properties can be well-suited to solar power development. While such properties may appear attractive at face value, a number of underlying conditions may present unanticipated liabilities or engineering challenges to solar project development. Key risks and solutions associated with such properties will be discussed. Despite the many challenges, successful solar projects can be developed on such properties, as will be presented in case studies.

  • Rick J. Buffalini, P.E., Vice President, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
  • James C. Campbell, P.E., Sr. Project Manager, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
  • Kristian A. Macoskey, QEP, Vice President, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Tax Incentive Programs for Solar Development
  • Kin Sayre, Partner, Bowles Rice
State and Local Tax Implications for Solar Development
This presentation will cover the most important state and local tax and incentives implications for Appalachian solar development. Panelists will also discuss future trends and any upcoming legislative issues in each state.
  • Sean Byrne, Of Counsel, Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease
  • Craig Griffith, Member, Frost Brown Todd
  • John Henderson, Member, Stoll Keenon Ogde
  • Ray Pepe, Of Counsel, K&L Gates
  • Scott Ziance, Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease
Financing Solar Projects: What You Need to Know
  • Rich Haddon, President, Sterling Power Opportunities

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