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U.S. geothermal lithium offers significant potential

U.S. scientists have assessed the viability and potential supply chain impact of extracting lithium from geothermal brines, and they have reported promising results.

Sunrise brief: Grid expert slams NEM 3.0 as “proposed dystopia”, offers ten reasons why

Also on the rise: Department of Commerce to rescind its review of the countervailing duty order on solar cells from 48 companies Chinese companies. Florida utility turns pallets and cardboard into mulch, saving millions. Standard Solar acquires operational solar plant in Idaho. Four New York community solar projects receive financing.

Standard Solar acquires 28.5 MW commercial solar project in Idaho

One of its largest acquisitions to date, Standard Solar gains the fully operational Mountain Home project from True Green Capital Management.

PacifiCorp’s new IRP includes plans to ditch coal

While the full Integrated Resource Plan has yet to be submitted to regulators, we now know that PacifiCorp is planning no new investments in gas or coal, with plans to retire all coal units by 2040.

Clean energy requires metals and minerals: Can the U.S. compete?

More mining capacity will be needed to meet demand for metals and minerals for clean energy resources, and the U.S. is behind in the race, says a university researcher.

US legal community offers cities aid on solar, renewable transition  

Lawyers for Good Government: “To meet their renewable energy goals, municipalities need to know state energy, municipal and land use laws as well as existing local policies.”

Energy storage roundup: Kore’s 110 kw-hr rack, KiloVault’s 7.5 kW-hr wall-mount, NeoVolta’s 24 kw-hr battery system

Falling battery costs, shifting utility strategies and new PUC policies are drawing fresh entrants and incumbents into an invigorated energy storage sector.

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Idaho regulators rule that net metering rates belong to the system, not the customer

Idaho regulators have amended an earlier ruling, now stating that the legacy rate given to customers who installed residential solar systems before December 20, 2019 applies to the system, not the customer.

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Midwest and Northern Tier states added 400 MW of small-scale solar in 2019

Solar contractors added far more small-scale solar in the 19-state area than in 2018, when they added 250 MW. Solar policy groups aim to improve opportunities for distributed solar in Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota and Montana.

Idaho is stuck in residential solar limbo

In the wake of regulator’s rejection of Idaho Power’s proposal to decrease the net metering rate, customers looking to install PV in the near future are in limbo, with no indication of a new compensation rate in sight.

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