Category Archives: News

Articles about important news in the solar and energy industries.

05.28.21 Solar News Roundup

Solar news: May 28th, 2021

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In this week’s news roundup, we discuss an exciting new use for utility scale solar, and an important initiative by the Biden administration to help underserved communities gain access to solar power. 

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Solar Supply Chain

How are supply constraints impacting the solar industry?

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While many COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are starting to be lifted across the United States, pandemic-related supply chain issues continue to be felt across many sectors, including the solar industry. In spring 2020, solar equipment manufacturers experienced significant delays due to workplace and travel restrictions. As the pandemic continued throughout 2020 and into 2021, consumer demand largely shifted away from services, such as dining and travel, towards goods, such as computers and televisions, leading to shortages for key manufacturing components. In this article, we’ll cover some of the supply constraints currently facing the solar industry, and how these constraints are impacting solar shoppers. 

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Solar news: May 14th, 2021

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In this week’s news roundup, we discuss an exciting investment in renewable energy for our home state of Massachusetts, and progress towards achieving net zero emissions in New Jersey. 

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Solar Census 2020

An overview of the 2020 National Solar Jobs Census

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Every year, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the Solar Foundation, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and BW Research release the National Solar Jobs Census. Each release is a great opportunity to take a step back and take stock of the solar industry, and this year’s report–which was launched earlier this month–is no different. Taking a look back at 2020, this year’s Solar Jobs Census chronicles the impact of COVID-19 on the solar workforce, tracks efforts to diversify the solar industry, and looks to the future for how many workers the solar industry will employ under different policy scenarios. Spoiler alert: we’re all hiring

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Panasonic manufacturing

Is Panasonic exiting the solar panel industry?

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In February 2021, Panasonic announced that during fiscal year 2022 (ending in March 2022), it will stop producing photovoltaic (PV) modules (aka solar panels). This announcement created some confusion about Panasonic’s future role in the solar industry, causing some to wonder if the company will stop selling solar panels altogether. However, according to Panasonic’s press release, this is not the case! The company stated that it will “continue to sell outsourced photovoltaic modules as it has been doing in North America.” So the question is: how does this shift in production impact the company and its customers?

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Solar news: April 16th, 2021

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In this week’s news roundup, we discuss an exciting update from our home state of Massachusetts, and highlight an interesting new study published by Oregon State University. 

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Solar news: April 2nd, 2021

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In this week’s news-up, we discuss an initiative by the Department of Energy (DOE) to speed up solar innovations in the United States, as well as Apple’s plan to build one of the nation’s largest renewable energy storage facilities. 

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Solar news: March 19th, 2021

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In this week’s weekly news round-up, we discuss an important announcement in electric vehicle technology and We Energies reveals a new large scale solar installation in Milwaukee. 

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