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Farella Braun + Martel Represents First Solar With Development and Sale of 280 MW California Flats Solar Project

August 22, 2017 Announcement

Farella Braun + Martel LLP served as project development, permitting and real estate counsel to First Solar, Inc. (FSLR) in the development and sale of First Solar’s 280 megawatt California Flats Solar Project, located on approximately 2,900 acres of private land in Monterey County and San Luis Obispo County, California. Farella’s work included securing all land use entitlements, environmental and permit approvals, negotiating ground lease, easement, and option rights for the project, support with construction compliance, and assistance with respect to the sale of the project to Capital Dynamics. The Farella team included partners Richard Rabbitt and David Lazerwitz, and associates Brent Saldaña, Caroline Newton and Brennan Bentley.

Read the First Solar announcement: First Solar Sells California Flats Project to Capital Dynamics

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San Francisco Now Requires 100% Renewable Energy for Commercial Buildings

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance this week requiring owners of all nonresidential buildings in San Francisco of at least 50,000 square feet to provide all on-site electricity demands from 100...

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Newly Adopted California Housing Laws – Assembly Bill 1485 Streamlining the Permit Process for Housing Developments

On January 1, 2020, several housing-related bills recently signed into law by the Governor take effect. We will explain the upcoming changes in housing law through a series of updates. Our first update...

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The Grid of Things: How Advancements in Technology Are Transforming Energy Supply and Demand

To maintain reliability and reasonable cost, our future grid must rise to meet these new demands and take advantage of the inherent value of the interconnected “grid of things.” Our roundtable panel will: Discuss the...

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Plans for SF’s 4th-tallest building win key OK as developer resolves opposition

C.J. Higley was mentioned in the article, "Plans for SF’s 4th-tallest building win key OK as developer resolves opposition."  According to the article, the Transbay district Parcel F tower would include 165 condos, 189...

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Unpacking California Solar Taxation: What to Know During Development

Development of solar projects in California has been spurred by California’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS), which requires that 60% of retail electricity sales must be served by renewable resources by 2030 and requires all...

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New California Housing Laws: AB 68 Accessory Dwelling Units

On January 1, 2020, several housing-related bills recently signed into law by the Governor take effect. We will explain the upcoming changes in housing law through a series of updates. Our first update...

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Newly Adopted California Housing Laws - Senate Bill 330 Housing Crisis Act

Ahead of the January 1, 2020 effective date for several housing-related bills recently signed into law by the Governor, we will explain upcoming changes in housing law through a series of updates. Our first...

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Changing Climate, Changing Laws: Addressing New Wildfire Risk Requirements in Project Development

In this op-ed for pv magazine, David Lazerwitz and Linda Sobczynski of Farella Braun + Martel examine the levels of precaution necessary to ensure fire risk mitigation in project development. The increasingly common occurrence...

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Farella Assists San Francisco Flower Mart With Development Project

Farella Braun + Martel represented the master tenant of the San Francisco Flower Mart in renegotiating its agreements with Kilroy Realty Corp., including a long-term master lease to permanently relocate the Flower Mart to...

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Farella Braun + Martel Announces 2020 Partner Elevations

SAN FRANCISCO/ST. HELENA, Calif., January 21, 2020: Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce the election of senior associates Evan Abrams, Lauren Galbraith, and Alex Reese to the partnership...

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