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Morning Brief: Joe Biden weighs the 25% China import tariff, plus the chart of the day

Also in the brief: Loanpal closes largest residential solar securitization to date, and a model for solar-plus-storage assets.


Venture capital funding in solar, storage and energy intelligence sees a year-end surge

At least a dozen energy transition startups are getting their start during the pandemic holiday season.

Morning Brief: Solar roadway in Georgia, Oakland bans natural gas in new buildings, DC gets solar to the people

Also in the brief: Ohio bill would ban new large solar and wind projects for up to three years

The roadmap to the lowest cost grid is paved with distributed solar and storage

We wanted to know what the grid would look like, and cost, if we stopped ignoring the benefits of DERs and optimized the integration of these resources through a better modeling process. We found that when you use better planning models and scale both local solar and storage, as well as utility-scale solar and wind, you maximize cost savings and unlock the path to the lowest cost grid.


Solar panel recycling in the US — a looming issue that could harm industry growth and reputation

The solar industry cannot claim to be a clean energy source if it leaves a trail of hazardous waste.


Morning Brief: High-voltage power lines are ugly, and the US needs more

Also in the brief: Ohio bill would ban new large solar and wind projects for up to three years


First Solar CEO: Ohio must join the fight to save America’s solar industry

Also in the morning brief: America’s largest solar project coming to Northeast Texas… and C2 Energy Capital has purchased California’s largest floating solar project from Ciel & Terre

Update: Form Energy’s stealthy ‘aqueous air battery’ with 150-hour duration lands $76 million funding round

The holy grail of energy storage has always been low-cost and long-duration. Form Energy intends on deploying a 1 MW/150 MWh system with a Minnesota utility before 2023, an unprecedented energy storage duration if successful.


If I were Secretary of Energy

If you recognize that energy is most of the problem with climate change, you’d like the DOE not to be the bastard child of a weapons organization. (Warning/TLDR : You can’t fix the DOE in 1,000 words.)


Aurora Solar raises $50M for remote photovoltaic sales and design

This substantial investment signals software’s critical role in driving the mainstream adoption of solar.

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