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Renewable Energy and Municipalities


The Municipal Law Practice Group at Murtha Cullina LLP includes renewable energy attorneys who have extensive experience with renewable energy and microgrid projects at municipalities and state authorities across Connecticut, including rooftop and utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, fuel cells and combined heat and power, and commercial geothermal systems.

The firm regularly advises municipalities and state authorities on all necessary aspects of renewable energy and microgrid development. This includes developing requests for proposals (RFP's) and reviewing project proposals to drafting and negotiating complex power purchase agreements (PPA's), performance guarantee agreements, site leases, interconnection agreements, finance agreements, construction agreements, easement agreements, and operation and maintenance agreements.

The firm understands the importance of financial incentives for municipal renewable energy and microgrid projects. Our attorneys actively counsel municipalities on project implications and benefits of state incentive programs, including the ZREC and LREC Program, Municipal Virtual Net Metering Program, Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Program, and the Microgrid Grant Program.

The following list shows some of the firm’s Municipal and State Authority Renewable Energy and Microgrid experience:

  • Represented the Town of Avon in developing and implementing an RFP for solar 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.
  • Represent the Town of Stafford in developing and implementing an RFP 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Represent the Town of Woodstock in developing and implementing an RFP 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 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.
  • 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 the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority on a utility-scale solar PV system.
  • General Counsel to the Renewable Energy and Efficiency Business Association (REEBA).  In this role, we draft comments and provide counsel and assistance for clients in the ever-evolving regulatory process in Connecticut.

 

 

 

 

Description

The Municipal Law Practice Group at Murtha Cullina LLP includes renewable energy attorneys who have extensive experience with renewable energy and microgrid projects at municipalities and state authorities across Connecticut, including rooftop and utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, fuel cells and combined heat and power, and commercial geothermal systems.

The firm regularly advises municipalities and state authorities on all necessary aspects of renewable energy and microgrid development. This includes developing requests for proposals (RFP's) and reviewing project proposals to drafting and negotiating complex power purchase agreements (PPA's), performance guarantee agreements, site leases, interconnection agreements, finance agreements, construction agreements, easement agreements, and operation and maintenance agreements.

The firm understands the importance of financial incentives for municipal renewable energy and microgrid projects. Our attorneys actively counsel municipalities on project implications and benefits of state incentive programs, including the ZREC and LREC Program, Municipal Virtual Net Metering Program, Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Program, and the Microgrid Grant Program.

The following list shows some of the firm’s Municipal and State Authority Renewable Energy and Microgrid experience:

  • Represented the Town of Avon in developing and implementing an RFP for solar 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.
  • Represent the Town of Stafford in developing and implementing an RFP 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Represent the Town of Woodstock in developing and implementing an RFP 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 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.
  • 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 the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority on a utility-scale solar PV system.
  • General Counsel to the Renewable Energy and Efficiency Business Association (REEBA).  In this role, we draft comments and provide counsel and assistance for clients in the ever-evolving regulatory process in Connecticut.

 

 

 

 

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