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Morning Brief: Distributed Solar Development has acquired a community solar portfolio, community outreach in Hawaii

Also in the brief: solar pros running for elected office, Longroad Energy has announced a partnership with Maine’s Unity College, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation has chosen a management platform for its distributed generation program and more.

Clean energy inequity can be addressed with data, coordination and policy change at the local level

Communities of color are benefiting less from new clean energy technologies, and as a result, they are paying more for their energy.

Sunrun to acquire Vivint Solar for $3.2 billion in all-stock transaction

The new, bigger Sunrun will have 500,000 customers and more than 3 GW of solar power assets. Is there value in scale in residential solar?

While climate change divides Democrats and Republicans, renewable policy unites

A new interactive map created by the Yale Program on Climate Communication shows the difference in responses and opinions between America’s two political parties across questions of climate change, renewable education and utility procurement.

Live near a big city? Expect big utility bill spikes, thanks to Covid-19

A D.C.-based analytics company has released an analysis showing that summer electricity bills will rise by about 10% on average for households in the 13 of largest U.S. metro areas.

North Carolina pursues faster interconnection for utility-scale solar

Under Duke Energy’s current review process, interconnection queues grew to 14 GW in North and South Carolina last year. A new process should speed interconnection reviews, and enable projects located near each other to share the costs of transmission upgrades.

Solar and storage venture capital and finance roundup

Plus a bunch of investments in carbon capture.

Morning Brief: Duke, Dominion abandon pipeline, Berkshire Hathaway buys $10B of gas assets from Dominion

Also in the brief: Tepco to reuse Chinese EV batteries for energy storage, end of Chinese dam-building era,

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Solar workforce development can help win independence from systemic racism

Kenneth Wells is the CEO of O&M Solar Services, a Los Angeles-based residential solar installer. He survived gangs and prison, only to face structural racism in his solar career path.

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Duke Energy Florida files for a new customer purchase program, hesitates to call it community solar

The program will allow customers to subscribe to blocks of energy generated by nearly 750 MW of new planned capacity in sunshine state. And while Duke has not yet called the program community solar, some partners have, which could prove to be a dangerous misnomer.

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