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Solar industry employment dropped 6.7% in 2020, new report shows
The U.S. solar industry employed 231,474 workers in 2020, a 6.7% drop from 2019 due to pandemic restrictions and increased labor productivity, according to the National Solar Jobs Census 2020 released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), The Solar Foundation, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), and BW Research. On the flip side, total solar installed capacity increased in 2020, mostly due to utility-scale solar additions, which require less workers. [...]
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The gas industry is trying to halt building electrification — let’s not let them succeed
By Brynn Furey To repower our society with 100 percent renewable energy, we need to electrify our buildings. With electricity, we can hook our buildings up to a green grid that will eventually get all of its energy from the sun, the wind and the Earth. As they work to repower with clean energy, forward-looking cities, counties and towns, such as San Francisco, Seattle and New York City, are leading a growing movement to envision fossil fuel-free, electric buildings of the future. To re [...]
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Global wind industry to deploy 1 TW of new capacity through 2030
Research firm Wood Mackenzie says it anticipates the global wind power industry will install 1 TW of new capacity between 2021 and 2030. The world set a new record in wind installations in 2020 and saw a number of national and regional targets set for 2030, underscoring the important role of wind technology in the energy transition, according to Wood Mackenzie. Despite the growth in the wind energy market, there is a need for the enactment of new policies or revision of existing targets to [...]
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Clean energy is hot: how industry employers can find the best people in a growing and competitive job market
By Eden Higgins Sunny optimism about the expansion of a clean-energy U.S. economy is gathering steam, as the Biden Administration commits to creating 10 million green jobs to help address climate change and consumer demand for it swells. Rapid employment growth is expected through 2026 in many eco-friendly jobs, according to projections by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For example, the need for wind turbine service technicians is predicted to grow by 96%, second only to installers of sol [...]
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Long-term financing for solar is possible and critical for supporting continued industry growth
Installed solar capacity in the United States exceeded 10 GW for the third year in a row in 2018, and the pace of growth is expected to continue. The first quarter of 2019 was the strongest in the history of the U.S. solar market, according to a recent report from Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. Yet inefficient and costly project financing inhibits many solar developers from tapping into the market’s true potential. [...]
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Industry Legend, ex-Duke CEO and Solar Enthusiast Jim Rogers Dies
Rogers was chairman and CEO of North Carolina-based Duke from 2006 until his retirement in 2013. He was named to the top post following the merger with Cinergy, which he led as chairman and CEO for more than 11 years. [...]
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Notes from the Solar Underground: Is China’s Domestic Solar Industry Too Big To Fail?
Mid-2018 China’s central government threw the entire PV industry, including observers and pundits, into a panic by making drastic changes to its PV deployment that included temporarily halting utility scale deployment, lowering the FiT, shifting economic responsibility to the provinces and, in a related move, attempting (one-more-time) to control the country’s debt problem. Forecasts were lowered, and gloom descended on top of the entire solar industry. [...]
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China’s Domination of the PV Industry: Veni, Vidi, Vici
There is no doubt that in terms of solar, China came, it saw, it conquered. Now, a hiccup in either China’s production of PV cells and modules or in its deployment of PV systems would ricochet around the global PV industry. [...]
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Trump Approves 30 Percent Tariff on Solar Panel Imports; Trade Industry ‘Disappointed’
President Donald Trump has agreed to a recommendation by the International Trade Commission to grant U.S. solar manufacturers relief from unfair trade practices in the form of tariffs on solar cells and modules imported to the U.S. [...]
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Industry, Lawmakers Reach Compromise on Anti-PACE Legislation
A financing program that’s let more than 180,000 homeowners pay for solar panels and clean-energy appliances through their local tax bills is poised to survive an effort by Republicans to add regulations that would have effectively shut it down. [...]
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Solar Industry Letter on the Colorado Energy Office
Today, members of the solar industry sent a letter sent a letter to Governor Hickenlooper expressing our disappointment that the legislature failed to secure funding for the Colorado Energy Office.  The Colorado Energy Office plays and important role in the state’s energy ecosystem. The office is an important convener and serves as a mediator of different view points. Its programs serve as important incubators to encourage nascent technologies and new business models. It is our hope that [...]
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Solar Power Industry Conditions ‘Remain Challenging,’ SunPower CEO Says
SunPower CEO Thomas Werner yesterday said that while long-term growth prospects for the solar power industry are compelling, the near-term conditions “remain challenging.”     [...]
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