SunPower reduces management salaries, freezes hiring and withdraws 2020 financial guidance

SunPower CEO: “We remain on track to complete our planned company split into two independently focused pure-play solar companies by the end of the second quarter.”

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Morning Brief: China labor is returning, expected to be at 70% in March and over 90% in April

Also in the brief: The coronavirus response reduced electricity demand in every country across Europe last week

Morning Brief: Power plants part of nation’s critical infrastructure, staff to remain onsite for weeks, months

Also in the brief: The business of putting solar panels on homes is being severely damaged, CIP to purchase stake in 440 MW solar PV project in Texas

Can a transparent solar window harvest enough power to be practical?

Can an organic solar cell material finally be commercialized? Last year, Ubiquitous Energy claimed a world record for efficiency of a “transparent solar cell” with a “certified” 9.8% efficiency.

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Energy storage roundup: If solar development was checkers, then storage is three-dimensional chess

Also in the roundup: Preliminary permit for pumped hydro in Nevada, solid-state batteries and a China battery slowdown.

Job moves at DOE, Enel, Trina, FERC, Engie, Sunpower, PG&E

Executive and boardroom moves in solar, storage, cleantech, utilities and energy finance.

Panasonic suspending work at Tesla Nevada factory as California and New York gigafactories shut down

Tesla’s Nevada operation is still open for business. The EV and battery maker assures the market that its cash position is strong enough to weather an “extended period of uncertainty.”

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Hot electrons? Surface plasmons? Thin-film solar innovation marches on

Thin-film solar startup PI Energy didn’t disclose the photovoltaic materials system it’s been commercializing, other than to say that it wasn’t CIGS, CdTe, or perovskites.

Morning Brief: Rare Utah earthquake knocks out power to 55,000

Rocky Mountain Power must respond to a natural disaster while social distancing. Plus, New York is good, but NIMBY about solar.

Morning Brief: Bloom Energy shares fall drastically, 212 MW coming to Knoxville

Also in the brief: Brookfield Renewable Partners and TerraForm Power are set to become one, Diversified Communications acquires Energy Storage North America, 4.3 MW have been proposed in Ellsworth, Maine and more.

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