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Wind and Solar Law covers the manifold aspects of wind and solar energy deals, including issues pertaining to real estate, land use, leases, environmental concerns and government incentives. As the clean energy industry matures, and technology makes it increasingly more efficient to create electricity from the wind and sun, lawyers have been seeing an increase in questions from landowners, project developers and energy producers that are interested in expanding into the clean energy sector. Legislators and regulators have recognized the exponential growth and future potential of this sector. This book helps practitioners, students, regulators, energy professionals and laypeople comprehend the intricate and evolving dimensions of this dynamic area of law.
Among the important areas addressed are the following:
• Development and expansion of wind and solar energy
• Elements of the wind energy lease
• Elements of the solar energy lease
• Wind flow and solar protection
• Severance of wind and solar development rights
• Government incentives and limitations
• Litigation, permitting and legislative efforts
• Environmental concerns
• Sale of wind and solar energy
• Transmission issues
• Offshore wind issues
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Table of contents
Chapter 1 Renewable Energy in The United States
Chapter 2 Major Elements of the Wind Energy Lease
Chapter 3 Major Elements of a Solar Lease
Chapter 4 Concurrent Uses of Real Property
Chapter 5 Severance of Rights
Chapter 6 Government Incentives and Limitations
Chapter 7 Sale of Renewable Energy
Chapter 8 Transmission Issues
Chapter 9 Environmental Statutes, Permitting, and Litigation
Chapter 10 Wind and Solar Litigation
Chapter 11 Offshore Wind
Appendix 1 Wind Lease and Grant of Easements Agreement
Appendix 2 Solar Lease Acknowledgement
Appendix 3 Solar Surface Waiver
Appendix 4 Wind Accommodation Agreement
Appendix 5 Option Contract for Purchase of Easement and Form of Easement
Appendix 6 Reservation of Wind Royalty
Appendix 7 Ratification of Wind Energy Lease and Grant of Easement
The following Appendices are available in the online version of this edition.
Appendix 8 Resolution
Appendix 9 Guidelines and Criteria for Granting Tax Abatements in Reinvestment Zones from Lynn County, Texas
Appendix 10 Order Designating Reinvestment Zone from Borden County, Texas
Appendix 11 Tax Abatement Agreement Between Lynn County, Texas and WindTex Energy, LP for Lynn County Wind Farm
Appendix 12 Agreement for Limitation on Appraised Value
Appendix 13 Standard Generation Interconnection Agreement
Appendix 14 PPA Agreement
Appendix 15 GLO Wind Lease
Appendix 16 GLO Wind Lease