About Sara

Sara Bergan is an energy law attorney who helps renewable energy clients navigate structured deals within a complex regulatory framework.  She has broad experience helping renewable energy clients through the development, procurement, construction, and acquisition/divestiture stages. Although she has worked on wind, solar, storage and other renewable energy projects of all sizes, she has focused primarily on community and utility scale projects and has particular experience in community based or shared solar programs.

Sara has long been active in policy, legal and regulatory issues related to the energy sector. Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Sara served for several years as the executive director of the Great Plains Institute, a Midwest non-profit that brokers consensus energy and climate policy decisions among diverse stakeholders.

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  • Represented client in negotiating and closing build transfer agreements for large wind energy generation projects with several Midwest utilities.
  • Represented numerous solar developers in the acquisition, divestiture and/or financing of portfolios of Minnesota community solar projects.
  • Represented various solar developers in the negotiation and drafting of their subscriptions and offtake arrangements.
  • Represented solar developer in the acquisition of and financing of two portfolios of Colorado community solar projects.
  • Represented tax equity investor in the diligence and transaction negotiations for a portfolio of solar and storage projects located in Maryland
  • Assisted clients in various tax equity and debt financings related to projects in various locations (e.g. Minnesota, Colorado, California, New Jersey, Maryland, New York and Massachusetts).
  • Conducted regulatory due diligence related to the acquisition of several wind and solar facilities and a major western state high voltage transmission project.
  • Represented various clients in state energy permitting matters for large energy facilities in the Midwest.
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Honors & Activities

  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Advisory Council Member, North Central Region Sun Grant Initiative
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Community Solar: Ready for the New Decade” (co-author), POWER magazine, Feb. 3, 2020
  • Balancing solar development and preservation of agricultural lands in the Midwest” (co-author), pv magazine, Aug. 27, 2019
  • “Community Solar Land Use, Permitting, and Zoning” (moderator), Community Solar Power Summit, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 18–19, 2019
  • “Community Solar” (co-author), Chapter 9, “Monetizing the ‘Green’ in Green Power: Renewable Energy Certificates” (co-author), Chapter 10, The Law of Solar - A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, Stoel Rives LLP, Fifth Edition, 2017 (formerly Lex Helius: The Law of Solar Energy)
  • Purchasing Power” (co-author), pv magazine, Jan. 2017
  • What’s Ahead For Community Solar In 2017?” (co-author), Solar Industry Magazine, Dec. 2016
  • Care in the Community” (co-author), pv magazine, Sept. 2015
  • Federal court uncovers utility sector secret: electrons don’t follow rules,” Intelligent Utility, May 19, 2014
  • “Minnesota Aims for Grand Solar Bargain” (co-author), pv magazine, May 5, 2014
  • “Spring in Minnesota: Will the Groundbreaking Value of Solar approach mean ground is broken on solar gardens?,” pv magazine, March 28, 2014
  • Lex Helius: The Law of Solar Energy (co-author), Stoel Rives LLP, Fourth Edition, 2014
  • The Law of Biorefineries and Advanced Biofuels (co-author), Stoel Rives LLP, 2012
  • Lex Helius: The Law of Solar Energy (co-author), Stoel Rives LLP, Third Edition, 2011
  • “EPA Develops and Fortifies Renewable Fuel Standard with Proposed 2012 Rule” (co-author), Oregon Insider, 2011
  • “EPA Releases Draft 2012 Renewable Fuel Standards” (co-author), Oil Price Information Service, 2011
  • “Densification: Associated Legal Challenges and Opportunities” (co-author), Biomass Magazine, Nov. 2011
  • Case Study: A Wind Development Project in the State of California, Stoel Rives LLP, June 2011 (PDF - available in English and Chinese)
  • Contributor, Stoel Rives Renewable Energy & Climate Policy Law Blog

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