Renewable Energy Law and Policy covers the aspects of most renewable energy deals, including issues pertaining to structuring, real estate, finance, land use, contracts, environmental, corporate, tax, and securities law. As this nascent industry matures, and technology makes it increasingly more efficient to create electricity from the sun, wind, and geothermal resources, lawyers have begun seeing an increase in questions from landowners, project developers and non-renewable energy producers that are looking to grow in, or break into, the renewable energy sector. Legislators have also taken notice of the unprecedented potential and real growth over the last decade. This book helps practitioners, students, and laypeople navigate the complex and ever changing landscape of this new area of law. It was written to help the reader deal with this evolving reality by explaining the dynamics of the industry and the existing and developing regulatory and competitive environment.
Among the important areas addressed are the following:
• Legal and policy issues that impact the development, implementation and commercialization of renewable energy projects.
• Structuring, land use, siting, and finance issues encountered by developers of renewable energy projects.
• Investing in renewable energy projects.
• Renewable energy development in other countries.
• Building a renewable energy project.
• Selling renewable energy.
• Tips for drafting and negotiating key renewable energy documents.
Chapter 1 Introduction to Renewable Energy Law
Chapter 2 Developing Renewable Energy Law and Policy
Chapter 3 Renewable Energy Law Around the World
Chapter 4 Overview of U.S. Federal Renewable Energy Laws, Policies, and Tax Incentives
Chapter 5 Overview of U.S. State Renewable Energy Policies
Chapter 6 In Depth Look at California Renewable Energy Policies and Incentives
Chapter 7 Building a Renewable Energy Project
Chapter 8 Selling Clean Electricity
Chapter 9 Forecast: The Future of Renewable Energy
Appendix A Solar Site Lease Agreement
Appendix B Interconnection Agreement (Greater than 10kW)
Appendix C Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)
Appendix D Preliminary Title Review (Memo Format)
Appendix E Internet Resources—Area Maps
Appendix F General Licensing and Permit Requirements (for Solar Project)