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August 2017

The “Positives” of Battery and Micro-grid Development

In addition to flying a kite in a thunderstorm, Benjamin Franklin also coined the terms “positive” and “negative” to describe concepts in his experiments on electric current batteries in the 1740s. Battery storage has come a long way since the days of Franklin’s experiments, and many believe that we are on the verge of technological breakthroughs that can be game changers in our electric power infrastructure. Earlier this summer, Alevo …Read More

Court of Appeals Overturns County Decision to Deny Solar Farm

This blog post is guest authored by Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys Colin Tarrant and Beth Scherer. In Innovative Solar 55, LLC v. Robeson Cty, the Court of Appeals recently held that a conditional use permit (CUP) needed to construct a solar farm was wrongfully denied by the local County Commissioners and ordered the permit to be issued.  Smith Moore Leatherwood was honored to represent the solar farm developer in this case.  Key …Read More

Update: Water and Sewer System Development Fee Bill becomes Law with Governor’s Signature

A few weeks ago, we noted how Ratified House Bill 436 might affect system development fees for public water and sewer systems in North Carolina.   On July 20, the Governor signed House Bill 436 into law.  For more information or an in depth analysis of how this legislation affects local government policies and/or development obligations of landowners, please contact Gray Styers, Tom Terrell, or Katye Jobe. Please follow and like …Read More