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Where Are the Solar Jobs? New Resource Can Tell You

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

A new tool from The Solar Foundation breaks down the latest solar jobs numbers by state, metropolitan area, county, and congressional district, and looks at who makes up the solar industry. Here’s a taste of what those numbers say, and why they matter.

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President Dumps Clean Energy in Proposed Budget

, senior energy analyst

Today, the president released his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year (FY 2019) and as expected, it seeks to eviscerate research and development (R&D) in clean energy technology. The proposal would slash funding in the applied energy technology offices within the Department of Energy (DOE), now housed within the Office of Energy. As my colleague points out, the proposal is “not scaling back, it’s eviscerating the work,” and is another example of this administration’s attacks on clean energy. As the Nation needs to continue to develop and deploy clean energy technologies to solve the threats posed by climate change, hopefully Congress will do what it did last year: yawn, ignore the current administration’s ideologically driven proposal, and do what is best for the Nation.

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Making the Leap from Coal to What Could Be: New Mexico’s Energy Future

, Energy analyst

After decades and decades of commitment to coal, New Mexico is rapidly heading toward a future that’s coal free.

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Cyanobacteria-Based Biofuel: an Innovative Platform for Clean Energy Production

Viji Sitther, Behnam Tabatabai, Somayeh Gharaie Fathabad, , UCS

Burning fossil fuels is a major driver of climate change with more than two billion tons of carbon dioxide released annually, leading to increased frequency of natural disasters and health concerns. Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources is a key strategy to mitigate this harm.

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Why the Solar Tariff Slows Clean Energy Progress and Hurts California Workers

, senior analyst, Clean Energy

Yesterday President Trump imposed a new tariff on imported solar photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules. More than 80% of all US solar installations rely on foreign solar modules, mostly from Asia.  The intent of President Trump’s tariff is purportedly to give made-in-the-U.S.A solar panels a boost and support U.S. solar manufacturers. The problem is, of the approximately 260,000 solar jobs in the country, only about 8,000 are in manufacturing. So increasing the cost of solar panels for the majority of U.S. solar companies will have a negative impact on workers that install, operate, and repair solar equipment. Read more >

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