GTM and Enertech recently surveyed hundreds of cleantech professionals in a wide variety of roles to understand how the industry is attracting and retaining the talent it needs to flourish. The transformation of the global energy economy is a job-creation machine. The two fastest-growing jobs, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics list: solar PV installers and wind turbine service technicians, which are projected to have growth rates of 105% and 96%, respectively, between 2016 and 2026.That’s the big picture. On a more granular level, the challenges and opportunities companies face over the next 10 years are more nuanced.
According to GTM Research, the new solar tariffs set forth by the Trump administration are expected to result in an 11 percent reduction to U.S. solar demand between 2018 and 2022, equivalent to 7.6 gigawatts. This executive summary provides insights on state and market segment impacts to U.S. solar demand, following President Trump's final Section 201 decision on tariffs and quotas for imported solar cells and modules. It also provides a regulatory rundown on the decision's scope, implementation timeline and other next steps to watch.
The solar industry is evolving constantly, with an increasing number of strict requirements and standards being imposed on PV plants for 2018 and beyond. Some new standards, for instance, require the inverter either to have a wide range ride through capability or to provide special grid support functions, many of which have been hard to meet for some manufacturers. Sungrow, in response to new standards for 2017, released its grid support utility-interactive inverter, the SG2500U, for the next generation of utility scale PV plants. The SG2500U is the world’s first UL1741-SA certified utility-scale solar central inverter that is compliant with the latest standards required for North America.
California always seems to be at the center of innovation. When it comes to sustainable and renewable energy goals, it continues to deliver by leading the evolution of our nation’s energy mix away from finite sources that dominated the 20th century to the renewables that are poised to fuel our world today and in the future. Achieving the state’s ambitious renewable energy goals, however, involves changing the way California procures, distributes, and uses energy.
On December 12, 2017, Senior Energy Storage Analyst Dan Finn-Foley moderated a panel at Greentech Media's Energy Storage Summit, Crowdsourced Market Insights: Role of Energy Storage in Creating the Grid of the Future. This panel employed a unique structure where our experts on stage were asked to interpret and weigh in as 500 senior-level energy professional attendees answered live polling questions on the top themes in the market. This free download includes poll results and additional analysis from GTM Research.