Polsinelli’s Solar Energy team leverages the strength of the firm’s Energy practice and our attorneys’ unique experience in the renewable energy sector to provide first-rate advice to solar energy clients. The firm’s attorneys focus on learning the business of our clients, while staying up-to-date on industry trends in order to provide a full range of relevant counsel on regulatory, transactional, commercial, and litigation issues. When clients need thought leadership into the pressing issues impacting the solar energy industry, they often turn to Polsinelli’s attorneys for guidance at the local, state and federal level. That foresight into understanding tomorrow’s solar energy issues means clients can be confident today that the Solar Energy team at Polsinelli is well-positioned to help them meet their business goals.

Polsinelli’s Solar Energy team has a practical, hands-on business approach and a full range of experience to help clients’ succeed. Whether it’s anticipating changes to government regulations, orchestrating a successful deal or resolving a commercial litigation matter, Polsinelli attorneys are entrenched in this evolving industry. Our commitment to clients and experience in the solar energy industry fosters strong relationships that allow us to provide straight-forward, business-oriented advice that our clients expect. We have represented developers, operators, investors, manufacturing companies, construction contractors and large energy consumers on numerous solar projects, in connection with:

  • Facility and project development
  • Engineering
  • Procurement and construction
  • Long-term service agreements
  • Operations and maintenance agreements
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Financing
  • Power purchase agreements
  • Renewable energy credits
  • Alternative energy grants and tax credits
  • Dispute resolution

Our solar project experience includes both utility-scale solar projects and distributed generation projects, including community solar projects. 

  • Serve as outside general counsel and lead project and finance counsel to a Colorado solar developer in the development, construction and financing of a portfolio of community solar projects in Colorado totaling more than 13 MW.
  • Representation of solar developer in the development, construction and financing of photovoltaic projects with an aggregate capacity of 6.8 MW with public school systems in Arizona.
  • Representation of a minority-owned business in the development and structuring of a 20 MW solar generation facility in California.
  • Representation of a prominent solar developer in connection with development, construction and financing of an 18 MW solar power plant in North Carolina.
  • Representation of a developer in connection with all aspects of development and financing of a dual-generation distributed generation project at a series of East Coast military bases incorporating 6 MW of solar photovoltaic arrays (both rooftop and ground mounted installations) and 19 MW of natural gas generator sets.
  • Representation of a developer in the installation of photovoltaic systems at the Kansas City Zoo, Arrowhead Stadium and the Truman Sports Complex in Kansas City, Missouri. 
  • Representation of a developer in the development and installation of a photovoltaic system in Ontario, Canada.
  • Representation of a public utility in the successful bidding process and negotiation and documentation for the installation and operation of photovoltaic systems on up to 40 city buildings.
  • Serve as outside general counsel and lead project and finance counsel to a developer of large-scale commercial solar energy projects throughout the United States. Our client is the North American subsidiary of a global solar developer with more than 2,500 installations worldwide.
  • Representation of a developer in drafting model solar services agreement for use in Colorado solar projects. 
  • Local counsel to major international renewable energy company on tax, construction, regulatory and litigation issues associated with operation of renewable energy facilities in the U.S.
  • Served as U.S. outside general counsel to German MDAX 50 listed company and its solar subsidiary, including representation in the financing structure for a prepaid PPA for a 3 MW photovoltaic project in Colorado.
  • Served as regulatory counsel to a community solar developer in successfully advocating for a significant increase in capacity of the Solar*Rewards Community solar program in Colorado.
  • Representation of a developer in the sale of over 20 MW of power from photovoltaic projects to tribal utilities in Kansas and Oklahoma.
  • Representation of a developer in the development and sale of power from a 1 MW photovoltaic system to a university in Ohio.
  • Representation of a developer in the development and sale of a 1.34 MW photovoltaic project in Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • Representation of a developer of the first major utility scale solar farm (22.5 MW) in Illinois with matters involving regulatory issues associated with the power purchase agreement, project specific state and local tax incentives and negotiations with project lenders through financial close.
  • Representation of a developer of a 3.5 MW solar farm in Illinois with the negotiation of a power purchase agreement with a utility off-taker.
  • Representation of a developer of a 1 MW solar farm in Illinois to serve as screening for a landfill expansion and to provide power to a neighboring industrial park.
  • Representation of a developer of a 2 MW brownfield solar farm with the drafting of a power purchase agreement with an industrial off-taker. 
  • Representation of a developer regarding the negotiation of a long-term power-purchase agreement with a large Illinois utility.
  • Representation of a medical center in the negotiation and documentation of a power purchase agreement for a 1.19 MW photovoltaic system in Pennsylvania.
  • Representation, on a corporate basis, of a community scale solar developer with the drafting of corporate notes and assistance with dealing with investors. 
  • Representation of an investor in tax equity financing of a 3.2 MW solar project in Missouri.
  • Representation of a developer in connection with a tax advantaged proposal for a 3 MW photovoltaic project in Colorado.
  • Representation of a developer in the debt financing of a 4.95 MW utility-scale solar project in Missouri.
  • Representation of a developer regarding the financing, permitting and tax structuring of a 20 MW solar project in Illinois.
eAlerts Alerts
May 20, 2014
eAlerts Alerts
As one of the final acts of the legislative session, on May 17th the Missouri legislature approved an amendment that will phase out the Missouri solar rebate between 2014 and 2020. The approved amendment was based largely upon similar legislation that was supported by the Missouri solar industry trade group, MOSEIA, as well as the Missouri public utilities.
May 23, 2013