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Get Your Lobby On! Virginia Clean Energy Lobby Days 2017

We’re big on advocating the expansion of development and use of renewable energy sources in Virginia and, as members of the Maryland-DC-Virginia Solar Energy Industry Association (MDV-SEIA), we show up on Clean Energy Lobby Day. CELD is an annual advocacy day which allows legislators and constituents to connect regarding energy policy under consideration by the General Assembly. It’s always a great time to talk with legislators and our industry partners.

This year, there will be two CELD opportunities at subcommittee meetings at the Capitol in Richmond: Thursday, January 26th, for the Senate Energy Subcommittee and Tuesday January 31st, for the House Energy Subcommittee. If you want more solar development, this might be a chance to make your opinion heard by the General Assembly. Come join us!

If you want to know more about MDV-SEIA, where GreeneHurlocker co-founder Eric Hurlocker serves on the Board, or about renewable energy development in Virginia, please call Eric or any of our Virginia energy lawyers.

Coffee Was Great; Solar Focus Even Better

solar focus textWe’ve just returned from Solar Focus 2015, the mid-Atlantic’s premier education and networking meeting for participants in the solar and renewable energy industry. As in past years, it was held in Washington, DC, and attracted a sell-out crowd. In an effort to keep everyone’s energy high, our firm sponsored the coffee breaks and afternoon snacks.

In addition to all the great friendships we renewed and strengthened, along with the impassioned industry leaders we met for the first time, we attended some fantastic and thought provoking sessions on current and developing opportunities. We had the good fortune to moderate a panel on breaking into untapped markets — a topic that we will continue to follow and discuss here in the weeks to come.

Meanwhile, we snapped a few photos, so if you were not able to be there, here’s a little of what you missed. If you want to know more about the conference, the Maryland-Washington, DC-Virginia Solar Energy Industry Association (who put on the conference) or the legal and regulatory environment the solar industry lives in, just call any of our energy and utility lawyers.

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November’s Solar Focus Gets Our Attention

The MDV SEIA’s 8th annual Solar Focus conference, the East Coast’s premier solar conference, is slated for November 17 and 18 in Washington, D.C., and we will be there, all in. We will be one of the sponsoring organizations for this outstanding industry conference. In addition, I will be moderating a panel during the meeting covering consumer protection issues in the region.

Energy professionals across the East Coast will be watching this conference for developing issues and industry trends. Organizers expect more than 300 solar industry leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors will gather together to ensure spirited debate and meaningful dialogue, according the Dana Sleeper, executive director.

The Consumer Protection panel I will moderate on the morning of November 18 includes William Reisinger of the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, Elizabeth Stern from the Maryland Attorney General’s Office and Steven Eisenberg from SRECTrade, a Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) transaction and management firm. We will be discussing actions of state Attorney General offices in pursuing bad actors in the solar market and consumer rights, such as challenges presented by neighbors (especially shade), HOAs, pop ups, and others that infringe upon consumer systems and their ability to become energy-independent.

We look forward to seeing clients and friends at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill during the many social functions and educational events. Let us know if you are planning to attend so that we can be sure to keep an eye out for you.

Eric Hurlocker Elected VP of SEIA MDV

That’s a lot of letters just to tell you that Eric is now vice president of the Board of the Maryland – District of Columbia – Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association, as reported by association exec Dana Sleeper last week.

Eric joined the MDV-SEIA Board of Directors last year and serves as general counsel to the association. His work includes identifying and tracking legislation in the Virginia General Assembly that may affect solar and other renewable power development.

He said, “I am looking forward to expanding my role on the MDV-SEIA board and within the regional solar community. This is a particularly exciting time to be working the solar industry, as there is much change on the national level, the regional level, and particularly in Virginia, where my firm is located.”

MDV-SEIA members design, sell, integrate, install, maintain and finance solar energy equipment for residential, commercial, and institutional customers throughout the region and the membership includes accountants, attorneys, builders, architects, electricians, plumbers, and consultants that support solar industries, according to the group. Solar has made tremendous strides in the Mid-Atlantic over the last few years and MDV-SEIA has led the policy changes that have created this market, reports its website.