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Sunrise brief: Customer-sourced power makes it into a utility’s resource plan

Also on the rise: SolRiver Capital buys an Oregon solar development portfolio, Swell Energy expands its distributed power plant model, and a shift in focus is coming to a DOE loan program.

Distributed energy wins a spot in PGE’s resource plan

The Oregon utility said that as much as 25% of peak demand power in 2030 could come from customer-owned solar panels, batteries, and electric vehicles.

In California and Hawaii, the benefits of smart inverters are just beginning

Smart inverters have opened up opportunities for people with smart inverters to be paid for providing stored energy on demand and other grid services.

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Sunrise brief: DOE aims to expand community solar by 700% in four years

Also on the rise: Under new ownership, a Norwegian module maker could add 1 GW of U.S. capacity; Sunrun add $1 billion to a finance facility; and a natural gas-friendly renewable energy bill passes in North Carolina.

Sunrun boosts its financing pot by $1 billion

The non-recourse lending facility serves as a warehouse facility to temporarily finance solar assets prior to arranging long term financings.

California can cut power costs almost 20% by moving its RPS to 2040

Accelerated and unprecedented additions of renewable generation and energy storage will be needed, but the cost of making the shift is far lower than the status quo, a report argues.

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Sunrise brief: U.S. and China to dominate energy storage markets through 2030, report says

Also on the rise: Sunnova will market solar plus storage in Home Depot stores, and we take a look at top factors to consider in deciding whether to buy or lease your home solar panels.

Sunnova targets storm-prone regions for home energy storage venture

The company said it will market solar and storage services through Home Depot stores in Florida, Virginia, Maryland, and locally in Reno, Nevada.

Competition is the sunshine that solar (and storage) need

For the residential solar industry in the U.S. to grow, the field of technological innovation and solution diversity must grow beyond the current market share.

Sunrise brief: SunPower weighs options for its C&I business as it focuses on residential solar

Also on the rise: Massachusetts considers SMART program changes, EV demand could tighten li-ion battery supplies for utility energy storage, and Greenbacker adds to its Colorado solar portfolio.

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