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BBA Virtual CLE: Massachusetts Solar Power: Meeting the Challenges of the 2021 Climate Act Amidst Regulatory and Siting Concerns

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM


The BBA presents live webinars and virtual events via Zoom. Please register for this program through your BBA account at least two hours before the start time of the program to receive the Zoom webinar link.

Massachusetts has set an ambitious agenda to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions, mandating attainment of net-zero emissions in 2050. As the energy transition from a predominantly fossil-fuel-based economy to a renewable-energy economy moves forward, extensive development of new solar energy systems is essential.  

Bringing a variety of perspectives from government, industry, and nonprofit sectors, our panelists will provide a cutting-edge overview of this increasingly active area of policy and litigation, discussing challenges amidst the Climate Roadmap Act and the transition to using more solar power. We will take a critical look at the existing regulatory landscape, siting challenges, and examples of litigation from solar projects in western Massachusetts. Audience members will hear about the municipal siting concerns addressed in the recently-argued Tracer Lane II Realty LLC v. City of Waltham matter in the SJC, gain practice tips related to future solar projects and insights on regulatory structures and policies (e.g., SMART Biomap), environmental justice considerations, and how these need to all play nicely together to achieve broader Global Warming Solutions Act goals.

Registration Categories:
Premier Member - Free. Included as part of Membership
Premier Sponsor Firm / Government Lawyer/ Legal Services – Free. Included as part of Membership
BBA Member - $150.00
BBA Member - Legal Services/ Government Lawyer - $70.00
Non-Member - $250.00
Law Student - $30.00

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Jenna Kim


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