Sarah Main

Associate - New York

Sarah Main

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Sarah Main advises renewable energy companies, capital investors, and public entities on project development and regulatory compliance. She works with clients on all aspects of project siting and permitting, environmental due diligence, offtake agreements, and project sale and acquisition. She regularly advocates before public service commissions and state regulatory bodies and has experience participating in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. 


  • Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2017
  • Saint Michael’s College, B.A., summa cum laude, 2013



Representative Experience

  • Secured energy supply agreements for a New York State Public Authority.*
  • Advised a solar developer on large-scale siting and permitting of a proposed 500 MW solar facility.*
  • Drafted comments on behalf of solar and battery storage developers in numerous proceedings before the New York State Public Service Commission.*
  • Advised the Maryland Public Service Commission on the promulgation of regulations governing the State’s Offshore Wind Program.*
  • Negotiated community solar management services and customer subscription agreements for numerous community distributed generation owners and providers.*
  • Represented the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority in the development of the State’s battery energy storage incentive program and advised on a wide range of matters pertaining to clean energy deployment.*
  • Provides ongoing compliance advice to renewable energy generators and energy service companies.* 
  * Denotes representations handled by Ms. Main prior to joining Foley Hoag, LLP. 

Professional Experience

  • Counsel to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
  • Served as a law clerk to Riverkeeper in an appeal of state and federal environmental challenge before the Third Department. 
  • "Dual Environmentalism: Demand Response Mechanisms in Wholesale and Retail Energy Markets," Pace Environmental Law Review, Volume 34 (Fall 2017). 
  • "Ecolabelling," The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Environmental Law, Chapter 44 (2019) (Co-author). 


  • Pace Environmental Law Review, Research and Writing Editor 
  • National Moot Court Competition, Semi-Finalist 
  • Institute for Energy Law, Hartwick Scholar Writing Competition, Top 3 Finalist 
  • Pace Law School Grand Moot Competition, First Place Finalist and Best Advocate 
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Delta Epsilon Sigma
  • Pi Sigma Alpha


  • Women’s Energy Network, Member, Albany Chapter 
  • New York State Bar Association, Energy and Environmental Law Section, Member 
  • Speaker, “Siting of Major Solar, Wind and Alternative Energy Generation: New Legislation,” New York Association of Towns (September 2020) 
  • Speaker, “Siting of Solar Facilities Under the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act,” New York Planning Generation (2020)
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