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Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources
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Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources

"Crowd Funding" Committee Program Call

Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources (RADER) Committee, Government and Private Sector Innovations (GPSI) Committee, and Energy, Environmental Markets, and Finance (EEMF) Committee

Crowd Funding: An Alternative Approach to Financing Wind and Solar Projects

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (EST)
Via Teleconference
Please register - RSVP

Program Description:
Financing renewable energy projects traditionally has entailed receiving funds from investors who are not always members of the local community, or who are local but only can afford to invest small sums in the project. Enter the new age of crowd funding. Using a crowd funding approach, community wind and solar projects have been funded with capital from a combination of local residents and more traditional mainstream investors utilizing "intrastate" securities offerings. Our experts will share their practical business and legal experience in using crowd funding to finance wind and solar projects and will explain the particulars about how crowd funding works. Please join us for a RADER Committee and GPSI Committee in-committee program to explore this unique type of funding for renewable energy projects.

Marguerite Wells, Project Manager, Black Oak Wind Farm LLC, Enfield, NY
Paul Blumenstein, Legal Counsel for Solar Mozaic, Mountain View, CA

RADER Committee Co-Chairs:
Kimberly E. Diamond, Counsel, Lowenstein Sandler LLP, New York, NY
Roger D. Stark, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP, Washington, D.C.

Program Materials: Presentation materials and other information from speakers will be circulated in advance of this program. All program information will be posted on this RADER Committee homepage.

Q&A: If you wish to submit questions to the speakers as part of the Q&A session, please e-mail such questions to Kim Diamond at, with the subject line “Crowd Funding Q&A”.

For any questions please contact:
Cristina Vautier (312.988.5625)

About the Committee

The Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources (RADER) Committee will examine and disseminate information on those legal policy and practical implementation issues which affect expansion of markets for renewable and distributed energy resources. The Committee will have five primary areas of focus: (1) innovative approaches to stimulating renewable and distributed energy resource development; (2) measures for commoditization and value maximization of fuel, environment and tax-related legal at-tributes of renewable energy and distributed generation production; (3) constraints on fitting renewable resources and distributed generation (whether or not powered by renewable fuels) into the framework of national and states' energy policy; (4) relating renewable energy resource and distributed generation development to environmental legal requirements; and (5) issues related to structuring finance for renewable energy and distributed generation.


The lastest Committee newsletter has been released. This special edition features the top three winning entries of the 2013 Energy Law Student Writing Competition. Congratulations to these three upcoming lawyers, who each will receive a cash prize for their respective submission. Read the latest RADER committee newsletter issue.


The RADER Committee won the "Best Program" and "Best Committee Newsletter" awards at the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Fall Conference for the 2012-2013 ABA year. For more information on this award, please visit the Section's Committee Awards webpage.

RADER Initiatives

RADER is partnering with the Solar Access to Public Capital (SAPC) working group, a National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) initiative consisting of manufacturers, investors, and attorneys. The group seeks to identify greater efficiencies in the securitization market by clarifying risks associated with solar PV asset securitizations and associated cashflows in the marketplace, and by creating standardized documentation for such securitizations. If you are interested in participating in the SAPC initiative, please email Dirk Michels, our Vice Chair of Capital Markets, Solar.

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2014 Energy Law Student Writing Competition

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Committee Co-Chairs


Diamond, Kimberly
Stark, Roger

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2014-2015 RADER Committee Leadership

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