Ballard Spahr advised the Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (DHA) on its new $3.8 million Community Solar Program, which launched at the end of October. Partners Amy M. McClain, in the Housing Group, and Darin Lowder, in the Energy & Project Finance Group, led the firm's team.

The establishment of this program makes the DHA the first housing authority in the country to develop, own, and operate its own community solar garden. It is part of the DHA's larger "Living Green" initiative, which focuses on energy efficiency and conservation through concentrated green building design and construction.

Other Denver metro housing authorities and affordable-housing providers will be able to participate in the Community Solar Program, which is expected to provide an average of 20 percent energy savings to subscribers and offset more than 54,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Ms. McClain, based in Ballard Spahr's Baltimore office, focuses on representing housing authorities and affordable-housing developers, working to help close affordable-housing transactions involving a variety of funding sources. Mr. Lowder, based in the firm's Washington, D.C., office, focuses on energy, project finance, project development, and related tax and public financing tools. He has represented lenders and developers in community solar garden projects in Massachusetts, Colorado, and Minnesota.

Partner Molly R. Bryson and associate John Wheatley, both based in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles-based associate Annie Tsai also advised the DHA on this matter.