Kutak Rock LLP acted as negotiating counsel to Recurrent Energy for a major 167 megawatt direct current solar photovoltaic facility to be constructed at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California.
Through this agreement, the Navy will receive electrical infrastructure upgrades including on-base, biofuel-capable, back-up generation and other upgrades to support uninterrupted base operations during grid outages in exchange for use of its land. The legal authority for the Navy to enter into the project is 10 USC 2667 (Enhanced Use Lease).
The Navy says this project will enable the Navy to meet critical renewable energy and security goals. The facility will be the largest solar operation on Department of Defense land, with the ability to power more than 23,000 homes.
Kutak Rock's Alternative and Renewable Energy Group focuses on energy transactions including energy generation, storage, transmission, finance, efficiency, savings performance contracts (ESPCs), and smart grid technology. The firm also assists with regulatory compliance, permitting and environmental impact analysis. The firm also assists with regulatory compliance, permitting and environmental impact analysis.
Recurrent Energy is a U.S. subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc. with more than 4 GW of solar projects in development in North America.