Solar Energy

Morrison & Foerster provides solar industry clients with full-service representation led by veteran energy industry attorneys.  We are the premier law firm for California’s burgeoning solar industry, advising the nation’s most promising solar technology companies on the most complex corporate, intellectual property, and project finance-related transactions and litigation.  We have expertise advising companies in both the photovoltaic and concentrated solar thermal domains (including utility-scale solar thermal projects), in the United States and overseas.  We also have unique experience in China, representing PRC-based solar companies in their acquisitions, financings, and investment activities.


Our lawyers provide leading expertise in environmental and energy regulation at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels.  We are experienced in siting solar plants, obtaining permits and environmental review for facilities, negotiating rooftop leases, solar facility sales agreements, and solar power purchase agreements to be used with end-users.  Our corporate and technology transactions attorneys team with litigators and patent counsel to help clients preserve and exploit the value of their core solar technologies.


We help clients with Responses to Requests for Proposals from energy-serving entities (for both base-load and peak) and to negotiate power purchase agreements.  Our expertise includes efficiently helping clients to obtain interconnection with, and transmission from, the energy output of solar facilities.


We also specialize in helping clients realize financial benefits from the proper use of investment tax credits from federal, state, and regional entities for construction, and from the use of Renewable Energy Certificates.

"They are making a name for themselves in renewables."
(Chambers USA 2012)

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