Albany Law Launches Renewable Energy Entrepreneurial Paper Series

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Date: 09/14/2011

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.

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 Providers for clean energy start-ups.

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