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Morning Brief: Which US state produces the most carbon-free power?

Also in the brief: FERC and CAISO drama. Plus, U.S. solar PV system costs fell across all market segments from 2019 to 2020. And — the solar boom arrives in Ohio.

Energy storage investments 2020: VC and equity firms put more than $500 million in these 25 battery startups

Here’s a year-end round-up of VC investments across the energy storage value stack.


Philip Shen of Roth Capital: pandemic relief package could extend ITC and include ‘refundability’

Also in the brief: Chart-of-the-day, plus Harley-Davidson goes big on solar. Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners established a joint venture with Birch Infrastructure to develop and construct renewables-powered hyperscale data center campuses in the US.

VC funding in solar 2020: perovskites, silicon and utility-scale foundations, plus lots of software

Here’s a list of solar firms that VCs funded during this pandemic year.

A wish list for Biden’s energy policy agenda during his first year in office

What Tam Hunt would like for the holidays: a Renewable Electricity Standard, a federal feed-in tariff and a federal efficiency standard.


Biden makes his picks: Granholm is Energy Secretary and McCarthy is Climate Czar

Also in the morning brief: Ormat expands energy storage presence, acquires a shovel-ready project in Upton County, Texas. RatedPower’s software for utility-scale solar. CS Energy hits 1 GW.

Morning Brief: Bipartisan energy deal rumored to be imminent in lame-duck session

Although the situation in DC remains “fluid.” Also in the brief: LG Energy’s new residential battery systems, and solar on Arkansas jails with Entegrity.


First Solar’s PV module technology completes 25 years of testing at NREL

“Determining how many years a solar panel will last can take, well, years.”


Morning Brief: Amazon replaces Google as world’s largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy

Also in the brief: Battery material breakthrough of the day, Kern County coping with climate change, Longroad Energy plans $128 million solar farm north of Houston

Honolulu legislates faster, easier permitting for rooftop solar

Hawaii’s continued move to online permitting reduces red tape — and has the potential to grow Hawaiian solar when the state needs the revenue. The broader industry is aiming for a “fundamental reshaping of solar permitting at the federal, state, and local levels.”