Albany Law School Launches Renewable Energy Entrepreneurial White Paper Series

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Practical documents written to help start-up clean energy firms navigate New York state’s regulatory landscape

“The white paper series is meant to educate renewable energy installers and service providers on how to navigate siting, permitting and zoning regulations, which can vary widely from municipality to municipality,” said Professor Pamela Ko.

Albany Law School’s Government Law Center (GLC) recently made available a white paper on siting backyard wind power facilities in New York state, the first in a series of how-to legal guides for renewable energy start-up companies across the state.

“The white paper series is meant to educate renewable energy installers and service providers on how to navigate siting, permitting and zoning regulations, which can vary widely from municipality to municipality,” said Professor Pamela Ko, the project’s director.

“The regulations for installing clean energy technology, including windmills, solar panels and fuel cells, are complex and can change significantly from town to town,” continued Professor Ko. “These white papers will essentially help business owners and their employees understand what they need to do to satisfy local requirements for any given job.”

The full first paper, “Siting Backyard Wind Power Facilities Under the Zoning Laws of New York State,” is available for free online: http://www.albanylaw.edu/media/user/esb/Siting_Backyard_Wind_Systems_080311.pdf

The Renewable Energy Entrepreneurial White Paper Series, supported by funding from the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), is part of a concerted effort by the GLC to provide early-stage support to renewable energy firms across the state. A second paper, on permitting solar power, will be available fall 2011.

Other NYSERDA-backed efforts by the GLC include the Renewable Energy Entrepreneurial Seminar Series, which complements the white paper series; the Legal Handbook for Early Stage Business, which includes an appendix specific to early-stage renewable and clean energy companies; and a curated Network of Legal Provides for clean energy start-ups. For more information, visit http://www.albanylaw.edu/esb.

The Government Law Center of Albany Law School is the first and most comprehensive government law program at any ABA-approved law school in the country. The Center also serves as a legal and policy research resource for all levels of government. The Center conducts educational programs and research on a wide range of topics both on its own initiative and at the request of government agencies and other organizations. The Center is also certified by the New York Authority Budget Office to provide approved training and education for public authority board members in New York. Visit http://www.albanylaw.edu/glc.

Albany Law School is a small, independent private school in the heart of New York state’s capital since 1851. As the oldest law school in New York and the oldest independent law school in the nation, the institution offers students an innovative, rigorous curriculum taught by a committed faculty. Several nationally recognized programs—including the Government Law Center and the Albany Law Clinic & Justice Center—provide opportunities for students to apply classroom learning. Students have access to New York's highest court, federal courts, the executive branch and the state legislature. With more than 9,000 alumni practicing in every state in the country, and several continents, the employment rate for graduates has been well above the national average for law schools for the past 26 years. Visit http://www.albanylaw.edu.

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