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Renewable Energy and Clean Technologies

California Independent System Operator
Represented the California ISO in a wide variety of matters, including arbitrations and disputes with market participants, and representation of independent power producers in connection with transmission access issues. Read More
Calpine Corporation
Representing Calpine in connection with environmental, permitting and land use issues associated with its 725-megawatt Geysers geothermal facilities in Lake and Sonoma Counties. Read More
Covanta Energy Company

We are representing Covanta Energy Company regarding contractor and vendor claims relating to the completion of an expansion to the H-Power power generation facility in Kapolei, Hawaii.  The H-Power facility burns solid municipal waste, generates electricity and recovers for recycling both ferrous and non-ferrous metals from the waste stream.  Formerly the Ogden Corporation, Covanta owns and operates over forty power generation waste combustion facilities also known as waste-to-energy or energy-from-waste power generation plants.   Read More

ECOtality
Represent ECOtality, a microcap public broad electrical energy innovation company with several merger and acquisition transactions and corporate and securities. Read More
Exploratorium Museum San Francisco
Assisted in monetizing the renewable energy tax credits associated with an approx. $7 million 1.5 MW PV rooftop solar installation at its newly renovated science museum facility located on the San Francisco waterfront and represented the client in connection with agreements for the purchase and operation and maintenance of the system. Read More
First Solar - Campo Verde
Served as corporate, environmental, real estate and permitting counsel on the acquisition, development and sale of the Campo Verde Solar Project, a 139-megawatt solar photovoltaic facility located on a 1,443-acre site in Imperial County, Calif. Read More
First Solar - Desert Sunlight Solar Farm
Served as environmental, real estate and permitting counsel on the development and financing of the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm project, a 550-megawatt solar photovoltaic facility located on approximately 4,000 acres of land administered by the Bureau of Land Management in Riverside County. Read More
First Solar - NextLight
Assisted First Solar in acquiring, by merger, NextLight Renewable Power’s extensive solar project pipeline in California, Arizona and Nevada.  Farella attorneys coordinated the environmental, permitting and land use aspects of the transaction for First Solar. Read More
First Solar - Playa Solar Project in the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone

Represented First Solar in obtaining approval by the U.S. Department of Interior for its 200 MW Playa Solar Project in the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) in Nevada. The First Solar Playa Solar Project was the first of three projects to be offered for competitive auction and permitted through the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Solar Energy Program adopted in 2012. Read More

First Solar - Switch Station Solar Projects
Served as permitting, real estate and project development counsel for 179 megawatt AC Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 solar projects located on federal public land in Clark County, Nevada, including with respect to the sale of the completed projects to EDF Renewable Energy. Read More
First Solar - Topaz Solar Farm
Served as environmental, real estate and permitting counsel on the development and financing of the Topaz Solar Farm project, a 550-megawatt solar photovoltaic facility located on approximately 4,000 acres of private project land with more than 12,000 acres of land to be protected and preserved in San Luis Obispo County. Read More
First Solar - Transactional Work
Served as lead transactional and diligence counsel to First Solar in connection with several utility-scale photovoltaic solar development projects, including the acquisition of the Moapa Solar Project in Nevada.  Read More
FRV, Inc.
Represented FRV, Inc. in the acquisition of an early-stage, 350 megawatt photovoltaic solar development project, including acquisition of the project entity, land transfers and mitigation land option agreements. Read More
Guenoc Winery

Represented winery in negotiations of a pending contract for the third party installation and ownership of a large solar power facility. Read More

International Integrated Alternative Energy Company
Represented an international integrated alternative energy company in negotiating all aspects of several EPC contracts for utility scale solar projects; preparation of joint development agreements, joint operating agreements, and due diligence reports for sites throughout the Western United States; and drafting contracts touching on virtually all aspects of operating a major international solar energy company. Read More
NaturEner USA

Represented NaturEner USA LLC, a renewable energy company, in securing a $320 million construction loan to build the 189-megawatt Rim Rock wind power project in Montana.  Read More

NextEra Energy Resources, LLC
Representing NextEra Energy Resources in connection with the federal approvals necessary to re-permit its 485 MW Blythe Solar Project for PV solar development, and in permitting and developing its 750 MW McCoy Solar Project, both of which are located on federal public land in Riverside County managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Read More
OptiSolar
Represented OptiSolar in negotiating all aspects of several EPC contracts for utility scale solar projects; preparation of joint development agreements, joint operating agreements, and due diligence reports for sites throughout the Western United States; and drafting contracts touching on virtually all aspect of operating a major international solar energy company. Read More
Perpetual Energy Systems
Represented Perpetual Energy Systems in connection with renewable energy/construction financing of a $35 million construction term loan and tax equity investment. U.S. Bank served as the construction lender and tax equity sponsor. Read More
SOLON Corporation
Represented manufacturer/developer in connection with EPC, O&M and stock purchase agreements related to 10 megawatt tracking solar energy facility in Mohave County, AZ. Read More
Zep Solar
Defended Zep Solar in patent infringement lawsuits filed in the International Trade Commission and the Northern District of California relating to efficient techniques for mounting solar panels. After obtaining an early dismissal of Plaintiffs' claim for declaratory judgment of noninfringement because there was no subject matter jurisdiction, we sought a stay of the litigation pending an inter partes reexamination of the patent-in-suit in the Patent and Trademark Office. The asserted patents were invalidated virtually in their entirety, and the cases then settled. Read More