Brian Orion

Brian Orion

Of Counsel
San Diego, CA

About Brian

Brian Orion provides project development, transactional and regulatory counseling to clients in the solar, electric vehicle, energy efficiency, energy storage and climate change arenas.

Prior to joining Stoel Rives LLP, Brian was the managing attorney of Lawyers for Clean Energy in San Francisco, California. He serves as Strategic Advisor to the Smart Energy Enterprise Development Zone (SEEDZ) Initiative, a project of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. In 2009, he co-founded the UC Hastings Cleantech Roundtable, a forum for discussing hot topics in the area of renewable energy and clean technology law, held annually at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

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Project Development and M&A

  • Advised international solar developer on acquisition of solar project portfolio in Mexico.
  • Represented national solar developer on the interconnection of $20 million worth of solar projects in California.
  • Represented commercial solar developer in preparing EPC and Installation Agreements for commercial solar projects in California.
  • Represented leading electric vehicle company in the development of a statewide electric vehicle charging station project.
  • Represented energy efficiency financing company on M&A transaction with hedge fund.
  • Advised Silicon Valley municipality on compliance with regulatory rules for restructuring operations of landfill gas generation facility.
  • Advised energy efficiency company on public contracting laws relating to public sector procurement of energy efficiency services in California.

Energy Regulatory

  • Represented solar developer before CPUC and other state PUCs on interconnection, community solar, and PURPA proceedings.
  • Represented solar inverter company before CPUC on interconnection.
  • Advised community solar startup on community solar policies across the United States in connection with launch of software platform.
  • Represented demand response provider in litigation before CPUC.

Technology and Commercial Transactions

  • Represents supplier in software and data licensing transactions and software development services agreements with global automotive companies.
  • Represents supplier in licensing transactions with other suppliers of vehicle technologies.
  • Represented electric vehicle company on technology licensing transactions with multinational counterparties, technology transfer from research institutions, CPUC proceedings, corporate governance, and other matters.
  • Represented solar technology company on technology licensing transaction with multinational counterparty.
  • Represented energy financing company on $125 million Inter-American Development Bank green bonds program to support energy efficiency project financing in Mexico.


  • Represented early stage cleantech companies on corporate governance, equity grants, raising capital, and related corporate matters.
  • Represented energy non-profit organization on corporate governance and 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status filings.

Carbon Finance

  • Represented large California public entity subject to AB 32 on $2 million carbon offset purchase/sale agreement.
  • Represented international carbon offset developer on compliance with voluntary carbon offset protocols.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

Civic Activities

  • Board of Directors, Berenice Sports Club, 2006-2014
  • Alumni Board, Hastings Law Journal, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2014
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Frequent contributor to Stoel Rives' Renewable + Law® blog
  • Moderator, “Model Community Solar Program Design and Implementation,” First Annual CCSA Community Solar Summit, Denver, CO, July 27, 2017
  • Speaker, “Renewable Energy Storage:  Implementing Projects, Overcoming Co-Location Challenges, and Mitigating Risks,” Strafford Publications Webinars, July 25, 2017
  • Speaker, “Community Solar: Lessons from Early Experiments,” Buying & Selling Electric Power in the West, Law Seminars International, Seattle, WA, Jan. 24, 2017
  • Chairperson, Technical Workshop, Infocast Solar Asset Optimization Conference, San Diego, CA, Sept. 27, 2016
  • Speaker, “Privacy Rules With Smart Grid Energy Data,” CleanwebSF, 2015
  • Speaker, “Regulatory Update on SB43 Shared Renewable Energy Program,” Joint Venture Silicon Valley SEEDZ Quarterly Meeting, 2014
  • Quoted, Article on BP Deepwater Horizon Ruling, International Bar Association, 2014
  • Speaker, “Privacy Rules With Smart Grid Energy Data,” EnergyCentral Smart Cities Conference, 2014
  • Moderator, “Innovative Financing Models in Cleantech: Solar, Storage, and Energy Efficiency,” 4th Annual UC Hastings Cleantech Roundtable, 2014
  • Author, “Are VOSTs Needed to End Subsidies to Non-Solar Customers?,”, 2014
  • Moderator, “Interagency Coordination on Energy Storage Policy in California,” 4th Annual Joint Venture Silicon Valley Energy Storage Symposium, 2013
  • Author, “Know Your Offset Risk,” Carbon Finance magazine, 2013
  • Guest Lecturer, “Administrative Law in the Energy and Environmental Context,” UC Hastings College of the Law, 2012
  • Moderator, “Making the Desert Bloom: Key Issues in Developing Renewable Energy Projects,” 3rd Annual UC Hastings Cleantech Roundtable, 2012
  • Author, “Keys to Developing Wind Energy Projects in Baja California,” Natural Resources & Environment, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, 2012
  • Speaker, “Cleantech Opportunities in Latin America,” Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, 2010
  • Speaker, “Cleantech Litigation,” ABA Law Student Division Fall Leadership Summit, UC Berkeley Law School, 2009
  • Moderator, “Climate Change and Carbon Emissions Trading,” 1st Annual UC Hastings Cleantech Roundtable, 2009
  • Co-author, “When to FERC, When Not to FERC,” California Energy Circuit, 2006
  • Co-author, “Court of Appeals Holds That State Court Should Hear Claims Relating To Alleged Transfer of $4 Billion From PG&E Bankruptcy Estate To Parent Corporation,” EnergyPulse, 2006
  • Author, “Transmission in Transition: Analyzing California’s Proposed Electricity Transmission Regulatory Reforms,” 56 Hastings Law Journal 343, 2005
  • Co-author, “Court of Appeals Holds That SMUD Has No Contractual Right to Transmission Service,” EnergyPulse, 2005

Related News & Publications

The Law of Solar - 9/15/2017

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