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Renewable Energy/Community Solar and Microgrids


Murtha Cullina LLP has a comprehensive and integrated Renewable Energy and Microgrid Practice offering clients significant expertise with the transactional, energy and environmental regulatory, real estate corporate, finance, and legislative policy aspects of renewable energy, community solar and microgrid power generation. We provide extensive legal services for renewable energy companies, real estate owners, municipalities, investors, and lenders in developing renewable energy projects including distributed and utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, wind farms, biofuel systems, hydropower systems, fuel cells and combined heat and power (CHP), and commercial geothermal systems, and microgrids in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and across New England.

Murtha Cullina’s Renewable Energy and Microgrid experience includes:

  • Counsel to the Town of Stafford in developing and implementing a request for proposals for three utility-scale solar PV farms to be located on the Town’s landfill and behind the middle school, and geothermal systems to be located at three of the Town’s schools.  Drafted and negotiated a construction agreement, operation & maintenance agreement, and performance guarantee agreement with the selected solar PV and geothermal contractors.  Once constructed, the large-scale solar PV systems and geothermal systems will serve almost all of the municipal electricity needs of the Town under the state’s virtual net metering program.
  • Special Counsel to the Connecticut Green Bank, formally the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA), which supports the Governor’s and legislature’s strategies to achieve cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable sources of energy through clean energy finance.
  • Represented the Town of Woodstock in developing and implementing a request for proposals for a utility-scale solar PV farm to be located on the Town’s landfill.  Drafted and negotiated a power purchase agreement and performance guarantee agreement with the selected solar PV contractors.  Once constructed, the large-scale solar PV system will serve almost all of the municipal electricity needs of the Town under the state’s virtual net metering program.
  • General Counsel to the Renewable Energy and Efficiency Business Association (REEBA).
  • Special Counsel to the Connecticut Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority also known as the Connecticut Green Bank.
  • Represented the Town of Avon in developing and implementing a request for proposals for solar PV systems on municipal rooftops; successfully negotiated a power purchase agreement, performance guarantee agreement, and access easement with the selected solar PV system provider for several of the Town’s buildings, including the Avon High School.
  • Represented a renewable energy project developer in a regulatory proceeding regarding virtual net metering before the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority.
  • Counsel for REEBA in Connecticut in the development of rules and regulations relating to the recently passed Public Act No. 11-80.  In this role, we draft comments and provide expertise and assistance for clients in ever evolving regulatory process in Connecticut.
  • Counsel to a utility-scale grid-side 20 MW solar PV facility in Wisconsin, which included drafting and negotiating a complex power purchase agreement, site lease agreement, interconnection agreement, REC purchase and sale agreement, master cooperation agreement, and PV panel supply agreement.
  • Counsel to a combined wind and solar PV development in Massachusetts (approximately 4 MWs), providing early stage advice regarding permitting, net metering, QF status and interconnection.
  • Advised on transactions involving a 2 MW solar PV facility in Massachusetts; assisted with regulatory analysis of interconnections requirements, SREC implications and net metering opportunities.
  • Represent the Town of Woodbridge in developing and implementing a microgrid project that will allow several of the Town’s municipal buildings to continue to have electricity in the event the electric grid goes down.  The microgrid will include two large fuel cells and was selected under the State’s microgrid grant program.
  • Counsel to several on-site behind-the-meter solar PV systems at commercial sites in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut; drafted and negotiated complex power purchase agreements and site lease agreements.
  • Counsel to several commercial scale solar PV projects in Massachusetts including advice regarding regulatory policy considerations and the drafting of leases, site access and power purchase agreements.
  • Regularly advise to clients on transactions regarding the applicability of investment/production tax credits for solar PV, fuel cell, wind and biomass projects.
  • Drafted request for proposals (RFP) on behalf of a major water treatment authority for utility-scale solar PV and fuel cell generating facilities at several water treatment plants in Connecticut.
  • Represented clients in numerous proceedings before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities regarding renewable portfolio standards net metering and the applicability of long term contracts for renewable generation related to solar PV and wind facilities.
  • Transactions involving drafting/reviewing transactional documents for purchase of wind generation equipment on behalf of a wind development company.
  • Firm attorneys served as counsel in transactions involving the siting and development (lease, collaboration agreement, service agreement and warrant) of a $30 million research and demonstration center for a clean coal facility in Somerset, Massachusetts.
  • Counsel to a joint run-of-the-river hydro and utility scale solar PV project in Eastern Connecticut.
  • Counsel to a utility scale solar PV project in Rhode Island.
  • Successful handled the deal financing for six utility-scale solar PV farms in North Carolina.
  • Counsel to the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority on a utility-scale solar PV system.

 

Description

Murtha Cullina LLP has a comprehensive and integrated Renewable Energy and Microgrid Practice offering clients significant expertise with the transactional, energy and environmental regulatory, real estate corporate, finance, and legislative policy aspects of renewable energy, community solar and microgrid power generation. We provide extensive legal services for renewable energy companies, real estate owners, municipalities, investors, and lenders in developing renewable energy projects including distributed and utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, wind farms, biofuel systems, hydropower systems, fuel cells and combined heat and power (CHP), and commercial geothermal systems, and microgrids in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and across New England.

Murtha Cullina’s Renewable Energy and Microgrid experience includes:

  • Counsel to the Town of Stafford in developing and implementing a request for proposals for three utility-scale solar PV farms to be located on the Town’s landfill and behind the middle school, and geothermal systems to be located at three of the Town’s schools.  Drafted and negotiated a construction agreement, operation & maintenance agreement, and performance guarantee agreement with the selected solar PV and geothermal contractors.  Once constructed, the large-scale solar PV systems and geothermal systems will serve almost all of the municipal electricity needs of the Town under the state’s virtual net metering program.
  • Special Counsel to the Connecticut Green Bank, formally the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA), which supports the Governor’s and legislature’s strategies to achieve cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable sources of energy through clean energy finance.
  • Represented the Town of Woodstock in developing and implementing a request for proposals for a utility-scale solar PV farm to be located on the Town’s landfill.  Drafted and negotiated a power purchase agreement and performance guarantee agreement with the selected solar PV contractors.  Once constructed, the large-scale solar PV system will serve almost all of the municipal electricity needs of the Town under the state’s virtual net metering program.
  • General Counsel to the Renewable Energy and Efficiency Business Association (REEBA).
  • Special Counsel to the Connecticut Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority also known as the Connecticut Green Bank.
  • Represented the Town of Avon in developing and implementing a request for proposals for solar PV systems on municipal rooftops; successfully negotiated a power purchase agreement, performance guarantee agreement, and access easement with the selected solar PV system provider for several of the Town’s buildings, including the Avon High School.
  • Represented a renewable energy project developer in a regulatory proceeding regarding virtual net metering before the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority.
  • Counsel for REEBA in Connecticut in the development of rules and regulations relating to the recently passed Public Act No. 11-80.  In this role, we draft comments and provide expertise and assistance for clients in ever evolving regulatory process in Connecticut.
  • Counsel to a utility-scale grid-side 20 MW solar PV facility in Wisconsin, which included drafting and negotiating a complex power purchase agreement, site lease agreement, interconnection agreement, REC purchase and sale agreement, master cooperation agreement, and PV panel supply agreement.
  • Counsel to a combined wind and solar PV development in Massachusetts (approximately 4 MWs), providing early stage advice regarding permitting, net metering, QF status and interconnection.
  • Advised on transactions involving a 2 MW solar PV facility in Massachusetts; assisted with regulatory analysis of interconnections requirements, SREC implications and net metering opportunities.
  • Represent the Town of Woodbridge in developing and implementing a microgrid project that will allow several of the Town’s municipal buildings to continue to have electricity in the event the electric grid goes down.  The microgrid will include two large fuel cells and was selected under the State’s microgrid grant program.
  • Counsel to several on-site behind-the-meter solar PV systems at commercial sites in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut; drafted and negotiated complex power purchase agreements and site lease agreements.
  • Counsel to several commercial scale solar PV projects in Massachusetts including advice regarding regulatory policy considerations and the drafting of leases, site access and power purchase agreements.
  • Regularly advise to clients on transactions regarding the applicability of investment/production tax credits for solar PV, fuel cell, wind and biomass projects.
  • Drafted request for proposals (RFP) on behalf of a major water treatment authority for utility-scale solar PV and fuel cell generating facilities at several water treatment plants in Connecticut.
  • Represented clients in numerous proceedings before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities regarding renewable portfolio standards net metering and the applicability of long term contracts for renewable generation related to solar PV and wind facilities.
  • Transactions involving drafting/reviewing transactional documents for purchase of wind generation equipment on behalf of a wind development company.
  • Firm attorneys served as counsel in transactions involving the siting and development (lease, collaboration agreement, service agreement and warrant) of a $30 million research and demonstration center for a clean coal facility in Somerset, Massachusetts.
  • Counsel to a joint run-of-the-river hydro and utility scale solar PV project in Eastern Connecticut.
  • Counsel to a utility scale solar PV project in Rhode Island.
  • Successful handled the deal financing for six utility-scale solar PV farms in North Carolina.
  • Counsel to the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority on a utility-scale solar PV system.

 

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