Markets & Policy

Morning Brief: Duke Energy reaches deal with Sunrun, Vote Solar to modernize rooftop PV in South Carolina

Also in the brief: 67-MWdc Lotus Solar Farm in Madera County, California, developed by 8minute Solar Energy, is now fully operational. Plus First Solar’s secondary offering for the Waltons, and Natron gets $20 million for battery scale-up.

Chargepoint joins growing list of clean energy firms going public via SPAC

EV charging company ChargePoint is “nearing a deal to go public through a reverse merger” that could value the company at more than $2 billion.

The net metering debate comes to a head in Florida

After one state rep and utility front group attacked the state’s net metering policy, Florida regulators have decided to hold a workshop where opponents and proponents alike can hash out their arguments, with the life of the program potentially hanging in the balance.

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Morning Brief: Utilities across the US battle equitable net metering and value-of-solar

Also in the brief: Pennsylvania voters overwhelmingly want the General Assembly to pass legislation authorizing local community solar projects.

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How long will the lithium supply last?

Researchers have sounded the alarm. If no serious efforts are made on second-life battery use, recycling and vehicle-to-grid applications, decarbonization efforts may hit the buffers a lot sooner than expected.

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Tesla battery day bingo

Tesla battery day is next week. Earlier this year, Musk told analysts that what he had to say “will blow your mind. It blows my mind.” Here’s a list of battery hyperbole and terms you’re bound to hear at the event.

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Duke University buys 101 MW of solar from Duke Energy

Three projects across North Carolina are being developed to fulfill a new agreement between Duke Energy and Duke University, under the utility’s Green Source Advantage program. The university is the first academic institution to come to terms on a renewable power contract under the program.

Battery energy storage systems integrated in solar facilities to receive tax incentives

Tax incentives spurring deployment of energy storage are limited in their application, as they require the system to paired with solar. On top of this, the requirements to receive the tax incentives do not always align with advancements in battery technology and/or system design.

SPI roundup: Grid modernization will ‘define the replacement of net metering’ 

Can the solar industry’s biggest conference make the transition from mulitday marathon to six weeks of virtual “microconferences”? Opening sessions started strong, pragmatic and urgent — with a focus on collaboration and the opportunities ahead.

The net metering successor tariff ‘NEM-3’ proceeding in California has officially kicked off

This is a highly anticipated, high-stakes proceeding that will effectively modify the rules for the NEM tariff in California, arguably the single most important policy mechanism for customer-sited solar over the last decade.

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