McDonald Hopkins holds discussion to examine impact of tariffs on U.S. solar development


CLEVELAND– McDonald Hopkins, a business advisory and advocacy law firm, recently held a discussion examining the impact of tariffs on the development of U.S. solar energy and the challenges facing the industry.

The event, U.S. Solar Development in a Tariff World, was moderated by Michael Wise, co-chair of McDonald Hopkins’ Energy Practice Group, with a panel which included Chad Arfons, a solar development attorney at McDonald Hopkins; Steve Chun, the chief financial officer for DEPCOM Power; Richard Dovere, managing member at C2 Energy Capital; and Michael Heise, the director of business development for American Electric Power. During the discussion, Wise, Arfons, Chun, Dovere and Heise provided insightful information and answered questions on a wide range of topics such as how new solar panel tariffs are impacting project pricing, how federal tax reform is impacting tax equity and how Opportunity Zones can be leveraged to help finance solar projects. 

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Furthermore, the Energy Practice Group will host another Energy Forum on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, titled Powering the Energy Economy of the New Millennium, which will cover renewable energy storage and the future of the renewable energy industry.


Deborah W. Kelm
McDonald Hopkins LLC
600 Superior Avenue, East, Suite 2100
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Phone: 216.348.5733

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