Brian Orion

Brian Orion

Of Counsel
San Diego, CA

About Brian

Brian Orion is an attorney in the Energy Development Group of Stoel Rives LLP. He assists clients in the wind, solar, energy storage, electric vehicle, and similar industries. His services involve preparation of project development agreements, handling mergers and acquisitions, assisting with equity and debt financings, and other transactional matters.

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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Renewable Energy Project Development

  • Prepare wind turbine operations and maintenance agreements for portfolio of 16 wind projects.
  • Advise solar developer in negotiating PPA for utility-scale solar and solar + energy storage projects in 2016 Marin Clean Energy solicitation.
  • Advise solar developer in negotiating PPA for utility-scale solar + energy storage project in 2017 Xcel PSCO solicitation.
  • Advise solar developer in negotiating PPA for utility-scale solar project in 2017 CleanPowerSF solicitation.
  • Advise energy storage project developer in preparing offtake, installation, and operations and maintenance agreements for commercial-scale energy storage projects.
  • Advise community solar developer in negotiating construction and operations and maintenance agreements for Minnesota community solar gardens projects.
  • Advise community solar developers in preparing subscription agreements for Minnesota community solar gardens projects, including back-up subscription agreements.
  • Regularly assist solar developers with offtake, site control, installation, and similar agreements for commercial-scale solar projects.

Energy Corporate, M&A, Project Finance

  • Advise wind energy developer in over $1 Billion worth of tax equity and cash equity financing transactions for wind energy projects across the United States.
  • Advise solar developer on acquisition of utility-scale solar project in Mexico.
  • Advise energy storage developer in sale of portfolio of utility-scale energy storage projects in Canada.
  • Advise solar developer in purchase of portfolio of commercial-scale solar projects in California.
  • Advise solar developer in purchase of commercial-scale solar project in California.
  • Advise energy efficiency financing company in sale of company assets to hedge fund.

Cleantech  and Climate Change

  • Advise entity subject to AB 32 on purchase of California compliance allowances.
  • Advise electric vehicle charging technology startup in Series A financing with strategic investor.
  • Advise community solar software startup in convertible note financing, corporate governance, and commercial agreements.
  • Advise electric vehicle charging company in development of fast-charge electric vehicle charging infrastructure in California.
  • Advise electric vehicle software company on data licensing, software licensing, patent licensing, debt financing, trademark enforcement, corporate governance, and other matters.
  • Advise solar software company on data licensing and software licensing transactions.
  • Advise entity subject to AB 32 on purchase of $2 million in compliance carbon offsets.
  • Advise forestry carbon offset developer on sale of AB 32 compliance carbon offsets.
  • Advise 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, “From IoT to Electric Vehicles: New Opportunities that are Changing the Cleantech Landscape,” San Diego Startup Week, San Diego, CA, June 29, 2018
  • Co-author, “5 Key Takeaways from FERC's Recent Energy Storage Order,” POWER magazine, June 1, 2018
  • Moderator, “Solar Risk Management: What is It and Why It Matters to Investors, Sponsors & Asset Managers,” Solar Asset Management North America, San Francisco, CA, March 14, 2018
  • Quoted, “Can EV Infrastructure Keep Up With Adoption?,” Microgrid Knowledge, Feb. 14, 2018
  • Quoted, “The Good, Bad and Ugly of Vehicle-to-Grid Services,” Microgrid Knowledge, Jan. 5, 2018
  • 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
  • Co-author, “Community Solar,” Chapter 9, “Monetizing the ‘Green’ in Green Power: Renewable Energy Certificates,” Chapter 10, The Law of Solar - A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, Stoel Rives LLP, Fifth Edition, 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

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