Morten A. Lund

Morten A. Lund
Partner
San Diego, CA
Overview

About Morten

Morten Lund is a partner of the firm practicing in the Energy Development group, and serves as Chair of the Solar Energy Initiative. His experience includes development and financing of a broad variety of energy and infrastructure projects. Morten’s project experience background covers the full lifecycle of infrastructure projects, from early-stage development through construction, financing, and acquisition/divestiture. He has worked on a variety of infrastructure projects, including hydro-electric facilities, chemical facilities, wind and solar energy projects, forestry/paper facilities, combustion generator projects, large aircraft, cogeneration facilities, shipping fleets, and nuclear energy facilities. Morten also represents companies developing infrastructure technology, including water treatment technology, solar energy technology, and wind energy technology.

Morten was born in Oslo, Norway, and is a native speaker of Norwegian.

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Experience

Experience

Solar Projects

  • Represented the developer of a large concentrating solar energy facility in Nevada, the largest solar energy facility to be built in almost 20 years. Advised the project developer about land rights management, power purchase arrangements, construction documentation, vendor agreements, financing and other development matters.
  • Represented the developer of a series of 500kW-2MW solar systems in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Advised the client about development and financing documentation.
  • Represented more than a dozen solar developers ranging from startup to publicly traded, with specific focus on early-stage structuring (utility and retail), including requests for proposal responses, power purchase agreement/lease negotiations and creative pricing structures.

Wind Projects

  • Fifteen years of experience working with windfarm developers in New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Idaho, Nebraska, Montana, New Mexico and California. Notable windfarm projects include Tatanka (ND), Judith Gap (MT), Buffalo Mountain (TN), Western New York Wind (NY), Cabazon (CA) and Goshen (ID).
  • Represented a leading global wind turbine manufacturer in its initial market entry into the United States.

Other Renewable Energy Projects

  • Represented the lender in the acquisition and repowering of a series of hydropower facilities.
  • Represented developers of biomass projects in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Traditional Energy Projects

  • Represented the utility owners in the sale of two nuclear power plants, with particular focus on buy-back power purchase agreements.
  • Represented the utility offtaker for a combined cycle gas plant project in tolling agreement negotiations.
  • Represented an active nonregulated utility affiliate in the bidding, acquisition and financing of a series of energy assets, including two Pennsylvania coal facilities and a portfolio of New England hydropower facilities.
  • Represented the utility offtaker for a coal plant in Michigan undergoing conversion to burn woodchips.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

  • CleanTECH San Diego, Member of the Board
  • Women of Wind Energy, San Diego Chapter
  • Norwegian Fish Club
  • American Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

Morten is a frequent presenter on renewable energy matters. Recent examples include:

  • Panelist, “Unlocking Commercial Solar Project Finance - Track 2: Commercial Solar,” Greentech Media U.S. Solar Market Insight, San Diego, CA, Oct. 25, 2016 
  • Panelist, “Wholesale C&I: The Next Wave of Large-Scale Demand,” Greentech Media, US Solar Market Insight, San Diego, CA, Nov. 4, 2015
  • Moderator, “The Utility Scale Asset Supply Landscape,” Infocast Utility Scale Solar Summit, San Diego, CA, Oct. 20, 2015
  • Moderator, “Vertical Integration vs Network vs Specialization - Models of Success in Distributed Solar,” Infocast Distributed Solar Wast 2014, San Diego, CA, Nov. 18, 2014
  • Speaker, “Changes (and Solutions) to Financing Small Commercial Projects,” SPI 2014, Las Vegas, NV, Oct. 22, 2014
  • Panelist, “Solar Leaders Dialogue / CEO Panel,” SNEC PV Power Expo 2014, Shanghai, China May 20, 2014
  • Panelist, “Utility Scale: Where the Market is Headed,” Greentech Media, 2014 Solar Summit, Phoenix, AZ, April 16, 2014
  • Panelist, “FERC Order No. 784 - Energy Storage Webinar,” Infocast Energy Storage Week, Oct. 2, 2013
  • Panelist, “Solar Leaders Dialogue / CEO Panel,” SNEC PV Power Expo, Shanghai, China, May 16, 2013
  • Presenter, “Using DoD Contractual Vehicles in Renewable Energy Finance,” Infocast 3rd Annual Defense Renewable Energy & Military Microgrids Summit, Washington D.C, April 8, 2013
  • Panelist, “The Community Market: A Massive New Opportunity,” Infocast Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit, San Diego, CA March 9, 2013
  • Moderator, “The California Market Opportunity & Business Landscape,” Infocast Distributed Solar Summit, Del Mar, CA Nov. 13, 2012
  • Presenter, “Solar Projects in the US,” SNEC PV Power Expo, Shanghai, China, May 17, 2012
  • Panelist, “CEO Panel,” SNEC PV Power Expo, Shanghai, China, May 16, 2012
  • Panelist, “Solar Project Finance in a Post-1603 World,” Solar Summit 2012, Phoenix, AZ, May 1, 2012
  • Moderator, “Banking & Finance Panel,” PV/CSP Summit San Diego, CA, April 18, 2012
  • Moderator, “Financing 2-20 MW Scale Projects,” Power Finance & Investment Summit, San Diego, CA, March 1, 2012
  • Speaker, “Neighborhood Clean Energy: Planning and Developing Local Renewable Energy Generation in California,” The Environmental Law Section of the State Bar, USD, San Diego, CA, Feb. 2, 2012
  • Moderator, “Asset and Portfolio Capital Providers’ Appetite for Investing in Distributed Solar,” Distributed Solar Summit, San Diego, CA, Dec. 2, 2011
  • Moderator, “Long-Term Strategic Capital to Finance Industry Growth,” Distributed Solar Summit, San Diego, CA, Dec. 2, 2011
  • Moderator, “Utilities’ Latest Perspectives on Utility Scale Solar,” Utility Scale Solar Summit 2011, San Diego, CA, Sept. 2011
  • Instructor, “Solar EPC and Long-Term Component Supply,” EUCI Law of Renewable Energy Series Webinar, March 28, 2011
  • Moderator, “The Search for Company Capital: Solar Developer Perspectives,” Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit 2011, San Diego, CA, March 21-24, 2011
  • Briefing chair, Third Annual Utility Scale Solar Summit, San Diego, CA, Sept. 13-15, 2010
  • Principal Development Documents and Development Risks,” Intersolar North America 2010, San Francisco, CA, July 15, 2010
  • “The Making of a Solar Power Purchase Agreement,” ASES National Solar Conference 2010, Phoenix, AZ, May 21, 2010
  • “Special Issues in Renewable Project Non-Financial Contracts,” Risk Identification and Allocation in Renewable Energy Forum, Infocast Project Finance Tutorial, New York, NY, April 26-28, 2010
  • “Utilization of the DOE Loan Guarantee Program for Wind Projects,” Infocast Wind Power Finance & Investment Summit, Rancho Bernardo, CA, Feb. 10-12, 2010
  • Panel Moderator, “Perspectives of Petrochem Refiners and Major Bio-Processors on the Bio-Based Chemicals Value Chain and Market,” Infocast Bio-Based Chemicals Summit, San Diego, CA, Feb. 8-10, 2010

Publications

  • "How Distributed Solar Could Help During Natural Disasters," Solar Industry, Sept. 2017
  • What If Federal Support for Solar Disappears?” (coauthor), Solar Industry, April 2017
  • “So You Want to Enter a New Energy Market,” Intelligent Utility, Sept./Oct. 2014
  • What Water Can Learn from Electric Utilities,” The Los Angeles Daily Journal, April 1, 2014.
  • “Jagged Rocks of Wisdom – Negotiation: Mastering the Art of the Deal,” Fine Print Press, June 2011
  • “How To Avoid Fatal Flaws At Closing,” North American Windpower, Aug. 2009
  • “Jagged Rocks of Wisdom – The Memo: Mastering the Legal Memorandum,” Fine Print Press, May 2009
  • “Jagged Rocks of Wisdom: Professional Advice for the New Attorney,” Fine Print Press, March 2007



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