In order for former fossil fuel workers to transition to renewable employment, there have to be jobs for them. Extending the ITC would create consistent solar demand and jobs, says SunPower’s Suzanne Leta.
The destructive potential of hail on solar arrays has only been fully realized in the last two years. In this series, pv magazine talks with experts in storm modeling, risk insurance, and damage mitigation to learn how solar arrays can survive nature’s wrath.
In a wide-ranging interview, Ross Hopper discussed supply chain challenges, the hope for federal policy certainty, workforce diversity, and the need to act “with boldness and vision.”
Top leaders from Gibraltar Industries and TerraSmart detail plans to become a “one-stop shop” in the solar development value chain.
Chip Breitenkamp of NanoGraf discusses American battery manufacturing, how to ensure a resilient and equitable supply chain, and how to create jobs.
In the second of a three-part interview with pv magazine publisher Eckhart Gouras, Tony Seba and Adam Dorr discuss their concept of “SuperPower” and argue that by investing in even more solar PV and wind power, electrons will become so cheap that a Walmart would give them away to draw shoppers.
“We’ve averaged 2.4 cents a kilowatt hour for the last six months for PPAs. That’s actually too low. I think we would be fine at 3.4 cents… I don’t think that solar and wind industries would skip a beat [without their tax incentives], and they have other policy mechanisms.”
The head of EPC Swinerton Renewable Energy: “We look at a solar project as somewhere between warfare logistics, with thousands of people and trucks driving into the middle of nowhere, and a manufacturing facility. Somewhere between there lies a utility-scale solar project.”
Bigger PV module designs are now hitting the market, but the production of larger, more powerful solar panels is challenging. Canadian Solar is launching its new Series 7 modules with pv magazine in a webinar on Oct. 29. Our editorial team recently caught up with Canadian Solar’s chairman and CEO, Shawn Qu, and director of module R&D, Alan Xu, to discuss the company’s latest efforts to shake up the market.
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