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Beth Deane

Beth Deane
Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Leeward Renewable Energy, San Francisco, CA

Beth Deane is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel of Leeward Renewable Energy, a growth-oriented U.S. renewable energy company with 22 renewable energy facilities in operation across nine states and 17 GW of projects under development.  Before joining Leeward, Beth was Chief Counsel of Project Development at First Solar, a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems that has shipped more than 20 GW of solar modules worldwide. In these roles, she has been involved in all aspects of solar project development, including real estate, permitting, interconnection, tax, and power procurement, as well as having responsibility for a wide variety of transactional, litigation, regulatory, and corporate matters. Prior to joining First Solar, Ms. 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. Ms. 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 currently lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and two daughters.