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Beth Deane

Beth Deane
Chief Counsel of Project Development at First Solar, Inc., San Francisco, CA Beth Deane is Chief Counsel

Beth Deane is Chief Counsel of Project Development at First Solar, Inc., a solar manufacturing, construction, and development company with over 10 GW of installed capacity globally. In that role, she is involved in all aspects of solar project development, including real estate, permitting, interconnection, tax, and power procurement, as well as having responsibility for project-related transactional, litigation, regulatory, and corporate matters. Prior to joining First Solar, Deane was Of Counsel at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, where her practice was focused on environmental law, including compliance with hazardous waste, water and air requirements, regulatory strategy, permitting, civil and criminal litigation, land use, and redevelopment of contaminated property. Prior to that, she was at Munger, Tolles & Olson, where she gained experience in litigation, employment and corporate law. Deane attended the Yale Law School and the University of Cincinnati, which she earned a B.A. in Economics. After law school, she spent a year in Ecuador evaluating local deforestation and sustainability issues. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and two daughters.