Breaking up Eskom’s monopoly in South Africa’s power market is not the answer to signing the outstanding PPAs under the country’s renewable energy procurement programme, a representative from the Department of Energy (DOE) has said.
After new Secretary of Energy Rick Perry sent a memo to his chief of staff authoring a 60-day review of the grid to investigate how certain federal subsidies boost one form of energy at the expense of certain base load energies such as nuclear and coal, many industry observers believed him to be attacking renewable energy, but the SEIA claims this is not the case.
In this week's Movers & Shakers, PV Tech investigates Bill Gates' US$1 billion clean energy fund Breakthrough Energy Ventures, by speaking to new Science lead Eric Toone. We also report on Glasspoint Solar and Lark Energy's US expansions, new executive appointments in Asian firms Kyocera and 3TIER India, and thousands of energy jobs in the pipeline in the wake of Spain's renewable energy tenders.
This week's Movers & Shakers includes a celebration of clean energy with the #CleanEnergyJobs campaign revealing that the industry employs over 3 million Americans to date. The segment also includes NRG and ABB appointing new board members, Germany's KACO expanding into Asian markets and the SEIA hiring Dana Sleeper as its new head of external affairs.
This week's Movers & Shakers features some of the US' biggest integrated solar companies, including Vivint Solar, First Solar and Sungevity. PV Tech also reports on management shuffles in Australia and speaks with new SunShot Initiative director Charlie Gay on what is driving US solar's success.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it will invest US$21.4 million in funding for 17 new projects in order to cut down on the “soft costs” normally found in PV energy — such as installation, permitting and connecting to the grid.