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February 6, 2018

Gloomy forecast for solar in 2018

By Kelsey Tamborrino, Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-02-06 06:48:36

The solar industry shed 4 percent of its jobs in 2017, and 2018 is looking worse, thanks to the new tariff on panel and cell imports imposed by the Trump administration. The Solar Foundation’s annual National Solar Job Census, released today, said installations would fall to 10.1 gigawatts, down 16 percent from 2017, which itself was off from the record year the industry enjoyed in 2016. [ read more … ]

U.S. needs incentives to attract foreign solar firms: China’s Longi

By Muyu Xu and Josephine Mason, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-02-06 06:48:55

The United States will need to offer incentives to attract foreign solar firms to invest there after U.S. President Donald Trump slapped steep tariffs on solar panel imports, an executive at Longi Green Energy Tech (601012.SS) said on Tuesday. However, Longi, one of China’s top solar cell makers, won’t give up on the U.S. market as a result of the move, global marketing director Xia Aimin said at a briefing.
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China Solar Supplier Grows in India to Avoid Trade Controls

By Joe McDonald, The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-02-06 06:49:12

One of China’s biggest makers of solar panels said Tuesday it will invest $309 million to expand manufacturing in India in a move to guard against what it complained is a rising threat of import controls in the United States and other markets. Longi Solar Technology Ltd.’s announcement follows the Trump administration’s Jan. 24 decision to impose an extra 30 percent duty on imported solar modules. An Indian regulator says it is considering a “safeguard tariff” of 70 percent on solar panels from China and Malaysia.
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In 2017, solar policy debates took the industry’s future to higher ground

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-02-06 06:50:57

Year-end numbers from the front lines of the struggle between utilities and renewables advocates for the future of solar reveal something too often unnoticed: The sometimes collaborative, sometimes contentious interactions have moved to higher ground — where the questions are more substantive and nuanced, but the answers are harder to find. This shift only becomes evident by reading between the lines of a new report summarizing 2017 solar policy developments and understanding the implications of its data. [ read more … ]

Inherit the Wind: New Jersey Governor’s Executive Order Could Revive Energy Sector

By Tom Johnson, NJSpotlight  •    •  Posted 2018-02-06 06:49:36

Trying to energize a dormant offshore wind program, Gov. Phil Murphy yesterday signed an executive order telling a state agency to do what it was supposed to do seven years ago. The order directs the state Board of Public Utilities to write regulations governing how utility customers will subsidize an effort to develop 3,500 megawatts of offshore wind generation along the Jersey coast by 2030. [ read more … ]

4 climate questions for Trump on infrastructure

Adam Aton, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-06 06:51:22

President Trump’s State of the Union address offered few details on his infrastructure plan, and he gave even fewer yesterday in his speech at the Republican retreat. So as Republicans huddle in West Virginia to game out their agenda, they’re working within some pretty broad parameters: Federal spending will constitute only a fraction of the $1.5 trillion package. Regulatory and permitting changes to speed construction will be a main feature. And Trump seems focused on roads. [ read more … ]

Europe Added Record 3 GW of Offshore Wind Capacity Last Year – Industry Group

By Nina Chestney, REUTERS  •    •  Posted 2018-02-06 06:50:33

Europe added more than 3 gigawatts (GW) of new offshore wind capacity last year, representing a new record, research by industry association WindEurope showed on Tuesday. WindEurope’s annual offshore wind report said 3.148 GW of new capacity linked to onshore grids was installed in 2017, twice as much as in 2016. [ read more … ]

Tesla Tapped by South Australia Anew in Virtual Power Plant Plan

By Michael Heath, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-02-06 06:51:40

South Australia plans to roll out solar panels and Tesla Inc. batteries to at least 50,000 homes to form what its government says will be the world’s largest virtual power plant. Beginning with a trial of 1,100 public housing properties, 5 kilowatt solar panels and 13.5 kilowatt-hour Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries will be installed free of charge and financed through electricity sales, the state government said Sunday ahead of a state election. [ read more … ]

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