Environmental Law Update: Solar Energy Law (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 04/30/2024


A pre-recorded streaming video replay of the April 2021 webcast, Environmental Law Update: Solar Energy Law.

Topics Covered

  • Sharpen your knowledge about the legal status of power purchase agreements (“PPAs”) in Virginia and learn about the options your client may have to buy or sell solar energy
  • Learn about the prominent land use issues associated with large-scale solar development in Virginia
  • Get an update on the implementation of the 2020 Virginia Clean Economy Act (“VCEA”) and the obligations imposed on Virginia’s electric utilities
  • Hear about Dominion’s and Appalachian Power’s most recent integrated resource plans and other VCEA compliance dockets pending at the State Corporation Commission

Cosponsored with the Environmental Law Section of the Virginia State Bar

This seminar discusses some of the basic legal and regulatory issues affecting solar energy development in Virginia. With an emphasis on recent regulatory developments, this course offers a starting point for advising a client on how to move forward with a solar energy project, small or large, in the Commonwealth, and cover some of the core issues and roadblocks to be faced. The panelists discuss new options available to Virginia businesses who wish to buy and use solar energy. This program also provides an update on key regulatory and policy activity at the State Corporation Commission (“SCC”).

Learn about the 2020 Virginia Clean Economy Act and Solar Freedom Bill; receive updates on legislation advanced in the 2021 General Assembly session; discuss recent SCC decisions approving new renewable energy projects.

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William C. Cleveland, IV, Southern Environmental Law Center / Charlottesville
Hannah Coman, Apex Clean Energy / Charlottesville
Matthew L.  Gooch, ReisingerGooch / Richmond
William T.  Reisinger, ReisingerGooch / Richmond


William C.  Cleveland, IV, Southern Environmental Law Center / Charlottesville

Will Cleveland is a Senior Attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center in Charlottesville. His work at SELC focuses on promoting clean energy throughout Virginia, which involves litigation at the State Corporation Commission, collaborative efforts with the Governor’s administration, and lobbying at the general assembly. He is also a board member of the Virginia Conservation Network and the Local Energy Alliance Program.

Prior to joining SELC, Mr. Cleveland worked in Washington, DC, and Charleston, SC, on environmental litigation matters at two international law firms. He is a graduate of Middlebury College, from which he received a B.A. in 2004 and a Master’s degree in 2007. He graduated in 2009 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a member of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal. He lives in Charlottesville with his wife and two children.

Hannah Coman, Apex Clean Energy / Charlottesville

Hannah Coman is Associate General Counsel at Apex Clean Energy, one of the largest clean energy companies in the United States with over 20 gigawatts of development projects across the country. She works closely with the business development team at Apex negotiating off-take agreements for wind and solar projects. She is also the Chair of Virginia’s first Clean Energy Advisory Board.

Ms. Coman previously worked at the Southern Environmental Law Center as the Virginia Solar Attorney, where she advocated for effective solar policy in Virginia and across the Southeast. Prior to joining SELC, she represented clean energy entrepreneurs and start-ups in commercial matters at an international law firm in Boston, MA. She is a graduate of Davidson College and Boston College Law School; her studies and work have focused on renewable energy for more than a decade, including studying renewable energy policy in Berlin, Germany, as a Fulbright Scholar. 

Matthew L.  Gooch, ReisingerGooch / Richmond

Matt Gooch is a clean energy lawyer who helps clients develop, build, and sell solar projects and battery storage facilities. He regularly advises clients regarding leases, land use issues, environmental regulation, and transactional matters such as construction contracts and asset purchases. He also helps energy businesses navigate Virginia’s Permit By Rule process and other regulations affecting renewable generators.

As a former Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Gooch was counsel to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s Renewable Energy Division. He is a frequent speaker on matters related to carbon regulation, solar energy, and administrative law. He is a graduate of the T.C. Williams School of Law.  After law school, he clerked for two years at the Supreme Court of Virginia for Justice William C. Mims.

William T.  Reisinger, ReisingerGooch / Richmond

Will Reisinger is an attorney specializing in energy law and regulation. He advises energy businesses and non-profit organizations regarding regulatory, business, and policy matters. He represents clients before state agencies including the Virginia State Corporation Commission and the Virginia General Assembly.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Reisinger served as an assistant Virginia attorney general and as a staff attorney for a non-profit environmental organization. In 2019, he was appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to serve on Virginia’s first Clean Energy Advisory Board. He received his B.A. from Emory & Henry College in 2005 and a J.D. from Claude W. Pettit College of Law in Ada, Ohio, in 2008.

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