Court S. Rich

Court S. Rich

Co-Founder, Senior Partner, Director of the Renewable Energy Department, Director of the Utility Infrastructure Department

Court Rich is Co-Founder of Rose Law Group and is Director of the firm’s Regulatory and Renewable Energy Department. Court practices in the areas of renewable energy, utilities, municipal law, regulatory law, land use and zoning, administrative law, real estate, and handles administrative matters in front of the Arizona Corporation Commission, the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee, the Arizona Department of Real Estate, and lobbying at the State Legislature. Court serves as regulatory counsel for some of the largest solar companies and solar industry organizations in the United States. Court has extensive experience helping clients solve complicated real estate development and regulatory issues in all parts of the Valley and around the State of Arizona. Court has assisted clients in some especially unique development issues related to, utility services, floodplains, assurances, freeway and utility siting, as well as securing use permits, and variances where needed.

On the regulatory front, Court has worked on numerous groundbreaking matters in Arizona including acting as lead counsel before the Arizona Corporation Commission for the largest solar energy industry groups in the country in matters relating to the future of distributed generation in Arizona. Court has negotiated numerous power purchase agreements and turnkey agreements for utility scale solar generation facilities with utilities including among others Arizona Public Service, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Tucson Electric Power. In addition, Court has drafted and negotiated solar service agreements, solar lease agreements, and solar purchase agreements for numerous distributed scale solar projects with a variety of off-takers.

Under Court’s leadership, Rose Law Group pc has become the leading firm in Arizona for renewable energy and its renewable energy department was just ranked number one in the state by Ranking Arizona.

Court’s work demands that he have close relationships with elected officials and state, municipal, and county staff members throughout Arizona. As a result, Court is often involved in election campaigns in support of local and state candidates and stays involved in the communities in which he works. Court is always ready to assist clients in working with municipal, county, or state officials in an effort to build better communities and solve local and regional issues.

Court is a regular speaker and panelist on all things related to renewable energy. Court also has served as pro bono counsel for the Institute for Justice (representing a Winchell’s Donut shop against first amendment abuse) and has been an associate scholar at the Goldwater Institute which published his policy brief, “Protecting Private Property Rights: The Case for Vested Property Rights.”

He supports and serves on committees for various Valley philanthropic organizations including Teen Lifeline, which is one of his favorites. Former Governor Jan Brewer appointed Court to sit on her Solar Energy Advisory Task Force. Court was recently appointed by the Mayor and Council to sit on the City of Phoenix’s ad hoc committee on electric vehicle issues. Court is Vice President of the Arizona Solar Energy Industry Association, and a member of the Phoenix Green Chamber’s Public Policy Committee. Court also sits on the City of Scottsdale Cultural Council’s Scottsdale Public Art Advisory Board, the Board of the Arizona chapter of Gen Next, the Board of Directors for the Gen Equity Political Action Committee, and formerly served on the executive board of the Economic Development Group of Eloy (EDGE). Court is a proud graduate of Scottsdale Leadership’s Class 23, a member of Gen Next, and Pinal Partnership.

Court received his B.A. in philosophy from University of Arizona in 1998 and his J.D. from Arizona State University in 2001 where he was a Pedrick Scholar. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona Association.

On the lighter side, he was named “Best Name for a Lawyer” in the Phoenix New Times’ Best of Phoenix Issue, 2001.

In The News

Huge Pinal County solar project secures construction financing

(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents BrightNight.) By Greg Barr | Phoenix Business Journal A syndicate including U.S. and Canadian banks will provide financing for the large-scale 300 megawatt Box Canyon solar power project south of Phoenix in Pinal County. Construction on the project near Florence began in December 2023, as a joint venture between West Palm Beach, Florida-based BrightNight and Toronto-based Cordelio

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Court Rich, Rose Law Group co-founder and director of the firm’s Renewable Energy and Utility Infrastructure Department, comments in AzBigMedia on data center sustainability

Rendering courtesy of Vantage Data Centers By AZ Big Media Court Rich, co-founder of Rose Law Group and director of the firm’s Regulatory and Renewable Energy Department, says that data centers are “probably doing more to help the proliferation of renewable energy than any other sector.” “Almost every data center user,” he continues, “is demanding that they be served by

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As giant batteries transform the way the U.S. uses electricity, Court Rich, Rose Law Group co-founder and director of the firm’s Renewable Energy and Utility Infrastructure Department, highlights their big advantages

By Brad Plumer and Nadja Popovich | The New York Times California draws more electricity from the sun than any other state. It also has a timing problem: Solar power is plentiful during the day but disappears by evening, just as people get home from work and electricity demand spikes. To fill the gap, power companies typically burn more fossil

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Arizona just added its largest grid battery yet; Court Rich, Rose Law Group co-founder and energy attorney, highlights why this form of energy storage is ‘the next big thing’

(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Google.) By Julian Spector | Canary Media Arizona just added its biggest grid battery so far, part of a nationwide trend toward unprecedented energy storage installations this year. Grid batteries have soared from obscurity to become the second-most popular type of power plant expected to be built in the U.S. this year — more than gas, more than wind —

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Google reaches clean energy agreement with SRP to power Mesa data center

Saint Solar Energy Storage II Unveiling Courtesy of NextEra Energy Resources. SRP and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC have officially commissioned a 100-megawatt (MW) battery energy storage system to store the energy produced by the operating Saint Solar Energy Center in Coolidge, Arizona. (Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Google.) Rose Law Group Co-Founder and Director of Renewable Energy, Court Rich, represented

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Court Rich, Rose Law Group Co-founder and Director of the firm’s renewable energy and utility infrastructure department, comments on: Local bans, limits on renewable energy nationwide

By Elizabeth Weise, Suhail Bhat | USA TODAY As wind turbines get more efficient and solar panels more affordable, wind and solar plants have grown rapidly. Efforts to block them have grown rapidly, too, especially since 2021. USA TODAY’s analysis found 15% of counties nationwide now have some impediment to new utility-scale wind and solar energy. Gauging those impediments required researching a

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