Darin Lowder
Darin Lowder

Darin Lowder


Tel 202.661.7631
Fax 202.626.9073
Washington, DC

Darin Lowder focuses on energy, project finance, and related tax and public financing tools. Mr. Lowder has worked with utilities, energy project developers, tax equity investors, engineering and construction firms, project site owners, and power purchasers on a variety of renewable-energy and fossil-fuel power projects. 

Mr. Lowder is experienced with such project technologies as solar photovoltaic systems, onshore and offshore wind development, biomass and biofuel projects, coal-fired generation, next-generation nuclear power, and other alternative energy technologies. He has also advised clients on regulatory issues affecting the energy industry, including the emerging Green Energy marketing and advertising procedures.

Before joining Ballard Spahr, Mr. Lowder worked in the real estate, financial services, and nonprofit sectors, serving as an economist for a consulting firm, a strategic marketing director for a publicly owned home builder, a business strategist for a publicly held technology company, and an executive at a nonprofit educational organization.

Pro Bono Experience

Mr. Lowder maintains an active pro bono practice. He currently represents a client in prisoner's rights litigation. In 2013, he was honored by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs in recognition of his outstanding pro bono service contributions to the Washington, D.C., community.


Co-author, "Military Renewables Plan: A Bioenergy Booster," Biomass Power & Thermal, May 22, 2012

Co-author, "U.S. Army Invests in Renewables," World-Generation magazine, November/December 2011

Co-author, "Energy Efficiency and Conservation: New Legal Tools and Opportunities," Natural Resources & Environment, Vol. 25, No. 4, Spring 2011

Co-author, "Public-Private Partnerships for Solar Development: Notes from the Field," Solar Industry Magazine, September 2010

Co-author, "Solar Incentives in Maryland – The Numbers May Just Add Up," Building in Maryland and Washington, DC, July/August 2009

Co-author, "Carbon Considerations in Energy Project Finance," Financing Clean Energy, Project Finance International, 2008

"Natural Gas Generation Benefiting from Carbon Regulation," Natural Gas & Electricity, March 2008

Co-author, "Green Energy Advertising: How FTC 'Green Guide' Revisions Might Affect Your Business Marketing," Ballard Spahr Alert, January 2008

Co-author, "Climate Risks and Opportunities in Power Financing:  Imminent or Already Upon Us?" Platts Insight, October 2007

"Strange Watershed Bedfellows? Does the EPA's Water Quality Trading Policy Encourage Unlikely Clean Water Alliances?" 13 George Mason Law Review, 411, 2005

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, "Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds in 2012," Bond Buyer Symposium on the Public Financing of Sustainable Energy, Los Angeles, May 15, 2012

"Defense and Airspace Considerations," Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) Siting and Permitting Seminar, Las Vegas, April 25, 2012

Panel moderator, "New Business Models for Creating the Solar Markets of the Future," Infocast Solar Power Finance and Investment Summit, San Diego, February 28, 2012

"Utah and the Military's Energy Security Agenda," Utah Governor's Energy Development Summit, Salt Lake City, February 15, 2012

Webinar moderator, "The Army Energy Initiatives Task Force - Installing Solar on Army Land," Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) webinar, Washington, D.C., February 7, 2012

Panel moderator, "Renewable Energy's Perspective on Replacing Current Generation," Infocast Power Generation Summit 2011, Washington, D.C., November 4, 2011  

"Financing Renewable Energy Infrastructure in REC-Based Projects," Environmental Markets Association (EMA) 15th Annual Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C., May 13, 2011

"Innovation, Risk and Regulation: An Energy Sector Update," Housing Development & Law Institute Conference, Washington, D.C., April 21, 2011

"Salt Lake County: A Case Study in Public-Private Partnerships," Infocast Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit, San Diego, March 22, 2011

Panel moderator, "Acquiring and Developing Biomass-Fired Power Plants," Infocast webinar, November 3, 2010

Panel moderator, "Challenges and Opportunities of Public-Private Partnerships Private Ownership," U.S. DOE Financing Program Support for ARRA Recipients webinar series, July 14, 2010 

Panelist, "Selling and Structuring Green Energy Deals in the Public Sector," Infocast webinar, June 10, 2010

"Maximum Green: Using Tax Credits To Optimize Energy Investments," ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law Conference, Washington, D.C., May 2010

"What Barriers Exist That Make it Difficult To Align Multiple Program Resources in One Project?" The Home Depot National Partners & Federal Government Officials Convening, Washington, D.C., January 28, 2010

"Leveraging Resources through Energy Financing Tools," National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), Summer Conference, Portland, Oregon, July 16-18, 2009

"Green Finance and Funding: Financial Resources and Models for Green Development," HUD HOPE VI Green Building & Energy Efficient Development Conference, Washington, D.C., June 25-26, 2009

"Rebates, RETCs, State Tax Credits and More," Novogradac Financing Renewable Energy Conference, Washington, D.C., November 2008

"Developing a Green Energy Strategy (with Someone Else's Money)," Ballard Spahr Housing Authority Summit, Washington, D.C., November 2008

"Overcoming Barriers: Financial and Physical," National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference, Denver, October 2008

George Mason University School of Law (J.D. 2006)

Stanford University (M.A. 1994)

Brigham Young University (B.A. 1993)



District of Columbia