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The Environmental Landscape: Policies and Permitting Requirements Impacting Texas Solar Development

November 15, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Solar Energy 

Policies and regulations can establish incentives or disincentives to develop a solar energy project and influence the development timeline. Texas has few policy incentives for solar development. However, costs are competitive, and permit requirements in the state are fairly straightforward; local governments impose few restrictions on solar development, and the hurdles presented by federal and state laws like those protecting endangered species are no more onerous than in other states. However, certain policy changes could further encourage solar energy development in Texas.

In this installment of Husch Blackwell and the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance "On the Horizon" webinar series, our panelists discuss the current energy policies impacting solar development; permit requirements that can affect the timeline for developing a solar energy project; and potential opportunities for change that may stimulate additional development in the state.


  • Policies impacting solar development, such as the availability of tax credits
  • Permitting requirements including local zoning and Endangered Species Act requirements
  • Opportunities for policy changes to create incentives, remove barriers, or shorten the development timeline, including possible effects of the Clean Power Plan, improvements to transmission, and proposed revisions to eagle take permit regulations

Date and Time
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Noon - 1:00 p.m. CDT

Fred Beach, Assistant Director of Policy Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
Alison Nelson, Attorney, Husch Blackwell

Who Should Attend
Renewable developers; oil and gas companies; solar service providers; public officials; investment banks; private equity companies; environmental entities, general counsel and other development consultants and service providers.

Continuing Education Credit
This webinar is pending approval for California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin continuing legal education credit.

Upcoming Webinar Topic
Buy-In: Solar development M&A, finance and the investor tax credit

Contact Emily Kenyon at 816.983.8776.