First Solar- Desert Topaz Permitting Project
As lead outside counsel to First Solar on environmental, real estate and permitting issues, we obtained key federal, state and local environmental permit approvals for the construction and operation of the 550 megawatt Topaz Solar Farm Project in San Luis Obispo County, California. This project will be located on approximately 3,500 acres of private land. We assisted First Solar in securing many permits and approvals from a wide range of federal, state and local agencies, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game and County of San Luis Obispo. We also assisted First Solar in negotiating agreements with both national and local environmental groups and community organizations that address environmental and other topics relating to the projects.