About Morten

Morten Lund is a partner of the firm practicing in the Energy Development group. He serves as Chair of the Energy Storage Initiative and is the former 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 wind and solar energy projects, energy storage projects, combustion generator projects, nuclear energy facilities, hydroelectric facilities, cogeneration facilities, chemical facilities, forestry/paper facilities, large aircraft, and shipping fleets. 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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Solar Projects

  • Representation of 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.
  • Representation of 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.
  • Representation of 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).
  • Representation of leading global wind turbine manufacturer in its initial market entry into the United States.

Other Renewable Energy Projects

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

Traditional Energy Projects

  • Representation of utility owners in the sale of two nuclear power plants, with particular focus on buy-back power purchase agreements.
  • Representation of utility offtaker for a combined cycle gas plant project in tolling agreement negotiations.
  • Representation of 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.
  • Representation of utility offtaker for a coal plant in Michigan undergoing conversion to burn woodchips.
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Honors & Activities

  • CleanTECH San Diego, Member of the Board
  • EPIC, Member of the Board of Advisers
  • WRISE, San Diego Chapter
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Member, Stoel Rives (former)
  • Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego
  • 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, “Exploring the Impact of Recent Regulatory Rulings on Commercial Activity in The Renewables Space,” Stoel Rives LLP/Cleantech San Diego/San Diego WRISE webinar, October 8, 2020
  • Speaker, “Renewable Energy: Recent Trends and Updates LIVE Webcast,” The Knowledge Group, November 7, 2019
  • Speaker, “EV Charging Network Structure and Finance,” Charge Expo Symposium, San Diego, CA, October 1, 2019
  • Speaker, “Energy Storage Offtake Agreements,” Law Seminars International, Seattle, WA, June 12, 2018
  • Moderator, “What Investors Are Looking For in the U.S. Solar Market,” Infocast Solar Finance & Investment Summit, San Diego, CA, March 21, 2018
  • Co-Presenter, “C&I Power Purchase Agreement and Other Model Contract Activities,” SEIA Webinar, December 1, 2017
  • Panelist, “Federal Perspectives,” USD International Energy Law, University of San Diego, November 3, 2017
  • Moderator, “Technology Costs and Efficiencies—Where are Things Headed?” Infocast Solar Connect Conference, La Jolla, CA, October 2, 2017
  • Speaker, “How Standardized Contracts Reduce Transactional Costs & Financing Complexities,” Solar Power International 2017, Las Vegas, NV, September 10, 2017
  • Guest Lecturer, USD International Energy Law, University of San Diego, April 5, 2017 
  • Panelist, “Unlocking Commercial Solar Project Finance—Track 2: Commercial Solar,” Greentech Media U.S. Solar Market Insight, San Diego, CA, October 25, 2016
  • Panelist, “Wholesale C&I: The Next Wave of Large-Scale Demand,” Greentech Media, US Solar Market Insight, San Diego, CA, November 4, 2015
  • Moderator, “The Utility Scale Asset Supply Landscape,” Infocast Utility Scale Solar Summit, San Diego, CA, October 20, 2015
  • Moderator, “Vertical Integration vs Network vs Specialization—Models of Success in Distributed Solar,” Infocast Distributed Solar West 2014, San Diego, CA, November 18, 2014
  • Speaker, “Changes (and Solutions) to Financing Small Commercial Projects,” SPI 2014, Las Vegas, NV, October 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, October 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 November 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, February 2, 2012
  • Moderator, “Asset and Portfolio Capital Providers’ Appetite for Investing in Distributed Solar,” Distributed Solar Summit, San Diego, CA, December 2, 2011
  • Moderator, “Long-Term Strategic Capital to Finance Industry Growth,” Distributed Solar Summit, San Diego, CA, December 2, 2011
  • Moderator, “Utilities’ Latest Perspectives on Utility Scale Solar,” Utility Scale Solar Summit 2011, San Diego, CA, September 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, September 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, February 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, February 8–10, 2010


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