TAMPA, Fla. — The full-service business law firm Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP (www.SLK-Law.com) just launched a new blog dedicated to issues facing the solar power industry.
Shumaker’s Solar Law Update blog provides insights on developments in solar law and trends in the solar market. Two Shumaker attorneys – Chris Delp and Tim Hughes – founded the blog and will be the main authors of blog posts. Both are in the Solar Industry Practice Group at Shumaker.
Solar law in Florida is a hot topic this election season, with the controversial Florida Solar Energy Subsidies and Personal Solar Use Initiative, known as Amendment 1, on the ballot this November.
“The Florida solar market is opening up in a big way,” Delp said. “Two years ago, there was virtually no utility-scale solar construction activity in the state. We’ve seen a tremendous uptick in activity with a 90 percent year over year increase in solar installations.”
Delp said 2016 has been a particularly busy year for solar power in Florida, with hundreds of megawatts of utility-scale solar installations and numerous commercial installations on the rooftops of factories, distribution centers and other industrial and commercial buildings.
The blog will speak to solar issues in Florida, but it will also include issues relevant to the solar markets in North Carolina and Ohio, the two other states where Shumaker has offices. North Carolina has the third largest solar market in the U.S., and Ohio is home to the first municipal utility-scale solar project to incorporate battery storage.
“We represent clients all over the country who are working on solar projects throughout the United States and Latin America,” Delp said. “This blog will inform our clients and the general public about the solar industry.”
Delp and Hughes co-authored the first posts on the Solar Law Update blog, which cover the basics of what it takes to get solar power from a power plant to your house, what makes a good location for a solar farm, best practices for selecting a residential solar installer and more. Additional blog posts will be added frequently.
“This is a burgeoning, ever-changing industry with new technology, new projects and changes to regulations and financing coming out often, so there’s a lot to write about,” Hughes said.
Attorneys with Shumaker’s Solar Industry Practice Group partner with stakeholders in solar photovoltaic construction projects and provide experienced representation in all aspects of each project from initial concept to completion.
Delp previously served as in-house corporate counsel at a leading renewable energy construction and manufacturing company where he participated in numerous U.S. and Latin American wind and solar projects. At Shumaker, he represents clients involved in solar photovoltaic construction projects from the earliest stages of conception to commercial operation.
Hughes’ solar practice focuses on solar site acquisition; development and leasing needs of developers, lenders, and investors; performing site-specific due diligence and risk management.
About Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
Founded in 1925, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 245 lawyers and five offices in Toledo and Columbus, Ohio; Tampa and Sarasota, Fla.; and Charlotte, N.C. Shumaker is a premier provider of quality legal services. Whether it’s commitment to clients or work in the community, involvement lies at the core of all of Shumaker’s initiatives. For more information, call 813-229-7600 or visit SLK-Law.com.