NRF Currents: Making C&I Solar More Attractive to Institutional Investors – featuring the one and only MEI Managing Partner Steve Cunningham! We are biased but did find this to be enlightening and we talk to Steve every day! Steve Cunningham, managing partner of Madison Energy Investments, joins us to explain the details of investing in C&I solar. We discuss what C&I means in the context of size, offtaker and style, why it exists and what the benefits are versus utility-scale solar, what makes C&I attractive for investors, the specific risks in C&I, how site control is handled, the benefits of scaling and much more.

Suncast podcast: How does Resource Adequacy Work for California Energy Markets? With Will Mitchell of Strata Solar – This week, we have an in-depth look at the ins and outs of building a project that incorporates a massive battery component to the equation. Energy Storage is all the rage in California, and all over the renewable energy landscape in the world. There’s at least one missing element to the conversation to understand the how and why folks are able to monetize and deploy these battery systems: resource adequacy.

Solar Wakeup Podcast: Nick Chaset and the World of Virtual Power Plants with Solar and Energy Storage – Nick Chaset is the CEO of East Bay Community Energy, a Community Choice Aggregator (CCA for short) based in Alameda County. Nick is a lifelong energy professional and has taken the relatively new organization to new heights. We talk about virtual power plants including their ongoing RFP for community microgrids and their pilot project with Sunrun. Nick also gives an update on the local resource adequacy ruling from the CPUC and how that loss of control will impact further energy storage procurement by CCAs across California. Lastly, I ask Nick how he will use his leadership position to help other utilities copy the work they’ve done. He makes a commitment that you will have to hear in the podcast.

Political Climate: Biden’s Climate Plan – Joe Biden has just released the details of his $2 trillion plan to combat climate change, firming up a key pillar of his platform heading into the 2020 election. The proposal is being pitched as a way to boost the American economy, create millions of jobs and “build back better” coming out of today’s profound public health and economic emergencies.