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Energy storage, EV jobs boom in the United States

A new report by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) shows energy storage jobs growing 14% and EV jobs growing 16%, despite China’s dominance in lithium-ion battery technology.

Are green buyers aware of the potential for negative energy prices during their 20-year VPPAs?

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Dick Brooks of Reliable Energy Analytics takes a look at additional risks associated with long term energy contracts for corporate green buyers.

New Mexico will be the third state to go 100%

With the passage of the Energy Transition Act in both houses of New Mexico’s legislature, the state is poised to join California and Hawaii in setting a mandate to fully decarbonize its electricity system by 2045.

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After a tough 2018, solar is getting ready for a major boom

Definitive solar market data by Wood Mackenzie and SEIA show tariffs taking a bite out of the U.S. market, but also a near-record number of new projects under contract.

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PG&E and the future of U.S. utilities

California utility Pacific Gas & Electric’s bankruptcy points to a crisis not only at the company, but in the business model for utilities in the United States. And it is far from clear what will come next.

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pvMB 3/12/19: Rhode Island’s solar siting bill, POWERHOME expands to Indiana… and more!

Hello and welcome to this Tuesday pvMB. Today we’ll be checking out NREL’s city-level siting data, a solar canopy protecting a car dealership from hail, Sierra Club and SunPower’s rebate program and everything else to prep you for your day.

Corporate buyers of solar electricity face price risk

Corporations that lock in a fixed purchase price for solar power, offset by sale of the power at varying wholesale rates, could face “significant financial downside,” says an advisory group, as more solar on the grid could drive down wholesale prices.

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Intersolar North America canceled for July

Solar Promotion and FMMI have sold off the event to Maine-based Diversified Communications, which plans to hold the next Intersolar North America and EES in San Diego in February 2020.

Silfab says it will bring metal wrap through solar to the United States

The company is doubling the output of the factory it bought from ITEK in Washington State, and says it is shipping tools to another factory which will make metal wrap through modules.

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pvMB 3/7/19: PanelClaw Partners with Yotta, China plans a space-based solar station…and more!

Hey evrybody, the weekend is nearly here, but what’s already here is your Thursday edition of the pvMB. Today we’re taking a look at San Diego Gas and Electric’s time-of-use billing, Microsoft purchasing 74 MW of solar energy in North Carolina, HellermannTyton releasing First Solar module-specific wire hardware and everything else that matters today in solar.

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